Less than one day after visiting the Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 Jews were killed on Saturday, President Donald Trump is making sure all of the attention is on himself.
The president posted a solemn video of his visit to Twitter early Wednesday. But the caption on the tweet makes the president’s focus very clear.
“Melania and I were treated very nicely yesterday in Pittsburgh,” he wrote. “The Office of the President was shown great respect on a very sad & solemn day.”
Trump added that he was treated “so warmly,” before noting that he didn’t even see the protests against his visit. True to form, Trump tagged on a mention of “Fake News” and appeared to chide the media for focusing on those protests.
Melania and I were treated very nicely yesterday in Pittsburgh. The Office of the President was shown great respect on a very sad & solemn day. We were treated so warmly. Small protest was not seen by us, staged far away. The Fake News stories were just the opposite-Disgraceful! pic.twitter.com/9B9HgCF1G9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2018
Viewing a tragedy in America through the lens of how he was treated during his visit to the very location where it happened is almost emblematic of a presidency where empathy is lacking and narcissism is in abundance.
Trump’s reflection on an attack that took the lives of 11 Jews spares no words for the victims. The message offers no support for a shaken community, both in Pittsburgh and in Jewish communities around the United States. Instead, it’s all about Trump.
But the fumbling and cold presidential response to the tragedy isn’t just surfacing days later. Only hours after the shooting on Saturday, Trump joked that he considered canceling a speaking engagement — not because of the shooting, but because taking questions from reporters in the rain had ruined his hair.
Watch the video below:
Here's the video. Trump jokes that he considered canceling his speech to FFA because his hair got wet while talking to reporters (about the mass shooting in Pittsburgh). pic.twitter.com/wLb4hpERgF
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 27, 2018
“I said, ‘Maybe I should cancel this arrangement because I have a bad hair day,'” he said as Pittsburgh grappled with what the Anti-Defamation League has called the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the entire history of the United States.
Trump’s Wednesday reflection on his trip to Pittsburgh was hardly former President Barack Obama in Charleston, or George Bush at Ground Zero, or Bill Clinton in Oklahoma City. But it was everything we’ve come to expect from Donald Trump.
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