Leave it to Donald Trump to take a moment of mourning and try to make it about himself.
After five police officers perished and seven more were wounded in Dallas, Texas, from being the target of a madman with access to a firearm that should only be on the battlefield, Trump decided he would take that moment, and instead of sitting back and letting people mourn, he’d ask for a photo opportunity.
According to the NY Daily News:
“On Friday morning Donald Trump begged the city’s top cop to let him speak to a 3 p.m. roll call at the NYPD Midtown North Precinct in the wake of the murders of five Dallas police officers Thursday during a protest over police shooting.”
Noticing the pathetic opportunist trying to take a devastating moment and make it about an opportunity for himself, NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton gave the wannabe president a firm answer of no.
Bratton, calling the request what it is, a “photo op,” told reporters:
“Our interest is staying out of the politics of the moment, and not to provide photo op. If Mr. Trump wants to speak to me, I would be happy to brief him on what we’re doing. If Sen. Clinton wants to speak to me, I would very happy to brief her on what we’re doing. But we are not in the business of providing photo ops for our candidates.”
What did Trump plan to say to a random precinct in a city that wasn’t involved in Thursday night’s devastation? It was clearly a move to be seen in front of police officers so he can show his white pride support network that he stands with the police. However, here’s the thing, we all stand with the police — the officers who actually protect and serve, and we don’t need a president who wants to grab moments of horror and make it all about himself.
Trump didn’t seem to care when two black men were gunned down earlier this week. He didn’t request a photo op in front of African-Americans. He didn’t write long-winded, hypocritical statements. Sure, in his statement he mentions the two men killed by police officers, but he didn’t say anything until he found the proper PR guy to write it up for him.
Trump literally wrote:
“Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children.”
And why have racial tensions gotten worse, Mr. Trump? Perhaps because we have bloviated wannabe politicians stoking those racial tensions day in and day out — calling Mexicans rapists and murderers, calling Muslims terrorists, and embracing white supremacists on social media and at your rallies.
You’re pathetic, Trump, and you need to realize you’re one of the biggest threats to the nation and the American Dream that we currently have. You will lose in November, and hopefully you will drift off into the dustbin of history as that terrible moment the nation almost elected a white supremacist for president.
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