Saturday, March 24, 2018

What did Donald Trump do today?

He addressed the subject of gun violence.

It was an uncharacteristically quiet day for Trump: he went to his golf course as usual for a Saturday, but the entire day passed with only one tweet: an offer of "thoughts and prayers" for the victims of gun violence.

The victims in question were in southern France, where a man armed with a handgun killed three people in an apparent terrorist attack at a supermarket. The French government, to whom Trump addressed his tweet, is currently investigating how the attacker obtained his weapon.

Such diplomatic condolences are common, but Trump's concern for the victims of gun violence called into question the victims and survivors he pointedly refused to address on Saturday. As Trump golfed in Florida, an estimated 800,000 protesters flooded into Washington D.C. to advocate for gun law reform--possibly the biggest single-day protest ever for the city. Some 800 other protests took place elsewhere in the country. 

Trump's own motorcade, shuttling him between his golf course and his luxury resort, chose to take an alternate route so as to be out of sight of the Palm Beach-area protests.

So what?

  • A president who only cares about gun violence when it can be connected to religious terrorism doesn't care about gun violence.