President Donald Trump released a flurry of tweets over the weekend, but one caught my eye as being especially heartless — and demonstrates the callous nature of his “win at all costs” attitude.
Trump sent out a tweet in which he blamed the FBI for missing warning signs about a shooter who killed 17 individuals at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last week.
“Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter,” he wrote. “This is not acceptable.”
That line of thinking is shared by people on both the right and the left. Had Trump stopped his tweet at that sentence, there would be no reason to write anything about it at all, and very few would find reason to be critical of his statement.
Instead, Trump went out.
The FBI, Trump wrote, is “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign — there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!”
The president is doing something so extreme that it should make every gut across the nation wrench with disgust. Trump is essentially hiding behind the tragedy of a mass killing in order to criticize a separate FBI investigation he doesn’t like.
This is beyond reproach. This president simply lacks a human conscience. His number one concern — above the country, above the citizens to whom he’s meant to serve — is the preservation of his own image.
This is evident in the photo-ops he took at the hospital, where many victims of last week’s shooting were being treated — and where Trump decided to smile for cameras while giving a big thumbs up.
Trump used that moment to try and bolster his image. And he’s using the tragedy to dismiss the Russia investigation.
Yes, the FBI did falter, and criticism is deserved against the agency for its failure to recognize a threat. But that failure, and the deaths of 17 individuals, should not be used as a means to an end, as a tool for Trump to brush aside allegations of wrongdoing. It’s absolutely repulsive that he chooses to do just that.