President Donald Trump spoke in front of the nation in a televised address on Monday in the wake of one of the largest (if not the largest) mass shootings in U.S. history, calling it “an act of pure evil.” He offered his condolences and attempted to bring a divided nation together.
“In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one, and it always has,” Trump said during his brief address. “We call upon the bonds that unite us: our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity.”
He continued. “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken violence. And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today and always will forever.”
— ABC News (@ABC) October 2, 2017
Trump delivered the type of presidential response to the Las Vegas shooting that has been so badly needed during his time in office. Suffice it to say, his response to previous attacks like in Orlando and San Bernardino have raised more red flags than not. That’s what makes his response to Las Vegas so surprising as his 2016 election opponent Hillary Clinton appears to be in a rush to politicize such a tragedy to advance her own agenda.
The former Secretary of State took to Twitter to offer her thoughts, but quickly took the opportunity to push for gun control.
Las Vegas, we are grieving with you—the victims, those who lost loved ones, the responders, & all affected by this cold-blooded massacre.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017
The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017
Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.
Our grief isn't enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017
As coroners tally the dead and hospital staff attempt to save lives, Hillary Clinton wants to “put politics aside” and blame the National Rifle Association, Second Amendment advocates, and gun owners around the country for all the bloodshed that they’ve caused.
President Trump may make many questionable (to downright disgraceful) remarks on Twitter or in person, but he did what he had to do on Monday morning and attempt to bring some unity to a broken nation reeling from an unspeakable act of horror.