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Social Media Responds to Trump's 'Bullsh*t Soup' Teleprompter Speech On Mass Shootings

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 5, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 5, 2019 |


This morning, President Trump suggested on Twitter that Congress should pass stricter gun reform laws, but tie them to immigration reform, which is essentially his way of saying, “Republicans will make it harder for their supporters to get guns, if Democrats give Republicans fewer targets.”

In a statement this morning, read with all the passion and enthusiasm of a man who just returned from a morning lobotomy, President Trump — clearly suffering from a bad case of dry mouth/sniffy nose — read from a script provided by his staff, which we know because 1) he actually condemned racism and white supremacy, 2) he did not blame the media (as he had earlier this morning), and 3) he did not discuss gun reform.

In fact, in addition to offering condolences to the wrong city (he said Toledo instead of Dayton, even though he was reading from a script), he again downplayed the role of guns, suggesting that it was “mental health” problem, that social media was responsible, and so were video games. He literally said, “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.” Meanwhile, it’s 2000 damn 19 and Republicans are still blaming video games, despite ample evidence from the shooter’s manifesto echoing Fox News talking points.

Of course, none of what he read from a statement written by his staff actually matters. What matters is what he says on Twitter this afternoon and in another PA rally tomorrow night, which will probably undercut statements made this morning.

In any respect, some of the Dem campaigns have already responded:

And Cory Booker:

Elizabeth Warren, meanwhile, is trying to raise funds for Senate campaigns to take back the Senate in 2020:

This came from Beto before the speech (and Beto, to his credit, is out in front and speaking from the heart on this issue):

Republicans, meanwhile, remain mostly silent:

The rest of Twitter? They were not impressed with the speech:

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