CRITICIZING TRUMP’S VISIT TO FLORIDA

The following excerpts are from Josh Dawsey’s article at what is left of the Washington Post after Jeff Bezos took it over:

President Trump, as he often does while responding to natural disasters, mass shootings or unfolding crises, spent much of his time congratulating the responders instead of memorializing the victims of Wednesday’s school shooting during a visit here Friday.

Trump said he saw victims at the hospital — he was not seen doing so — and even described one woman who suffered bullets to her lungs. That anecdote, though, quickly became about the officers, who responded within 20 minutes and saved her life.

“The job they’ve done is incredible, and I want to congratulate you,” Trump said as he shook the hand of Dr. Igor Nichiporenko at the hospital.

He said he was impressed with the speed with which first responders reacted, calling it “record-setting” and “in one case, 20 minutes” from the school to the hospital.

“It’s an incredible thing,” Trump said. He later said the officers deserve a raise.

He did not give an emotional or rousing commemoration to the victims — like President Barack Obama’s after a mass shooting at a Charleston, S.C., church — nor did he publicly greet any families whose children were killed in the attack. Speaking at a funeral or a large vigil was not on the agenda. There were no calls for American resolve. There were no tears.

The visits were quick. For instance, Friday night, he was in the hospital for about 35 minutes, speaking to the news media for about 45 seconds. He was in the sheriff’s office a bit longer.

By 8:50 p.m, the president’s motorcade was rolling north to his palatial coastal estate called Mar-a-Lago.

The president and his aides — who have been largely silent as Cabinet officials have been accused of wrongdoing and inappropriate spending, an immigration push failed, 13 Russians were indicted with spreading disinformation to help Trump in the election, new detailed accusations of his alleged affairs emerged and concerns grew about security clearances — did not take questions again Friday.

If The Post can pack that much criticism into an article about President Trump visiting the scene of a massacre and praising first responders, imagine how much it can pack into an article about when he…..well, you don’t have to imagine, do you?  Just read the Washington Post article about Trump’s activities, whatever they are, on any given day.

As the cliché goes, if Trump discovered a cure for cancer, the Washington Post (and NY Times and network news shows) would attack him for ignoring heart disease.

And then they wonder why fewer and fewer people trust them.

Hey, here’s an idea:  how about every time they put up the latest poll showing approval/disapproval ratings for President Trump, they also put up the latest poll showing approval/disapproval ratings for media.  And then, when they tell you how far down the crapper Mr. Trump’s ratings are, they can have the pleasure of explaining why their ratings are a fraction of his.

When do you figure that will happen?

3 Comments

  • Friday night, he was in the hospital for about 35 minutes, speaking to the news media for about 45 seconds.

    What does the above mean? Is he a bad guy for not talking to the media longer?

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