CNN on Trump’s Response to Shootings: ‘It’s Not About YOU. For Once!'

According to the liberal media, whatever President Trump does is wrong. If he wants to visit the two cities where mass shootings took place last weekend, he should not do that while the people there are in mourning. If he still goes and dares to refer to himself and his staff while praising the actions of the medical personnel treating the victims, that’s wrong as well.

Not surprisingly, that was the case when CNN Tonight host Don Lemon criticized Trump on Wednesday evening by stating: “It’s not about you. It’s not about YOU. For once!”

 

 

Lemon began by stating:

I guess it should surprise none of us at this point that the feelings of the consoler-in-chief appeared most concerned with while visiting victims of mass shootings were his own. It's all about President Trump who went to hospitals in Dayton and El Paso to meet and comfort the victims.

The CNN host then hammered the GOP official because “the plane had barely taken off from the first grieving city when a top aide along for the ride” -- social media adviser Don Scavino Jr. -- tweeted out that “[t]he President was treated like a Rock Star inside the hospital” in Dayton, and “[t]hey all loved seeing their great President.”

“A rock star?” Lemon asked angrily. “How can you boast about that in this context? It would be hard to be more tone deaf than that.”

He then played a clip of Trump talking about his visits and responded afterward: “It's not about you. It's not about you, for once, at least today.”

Unfortunately, the host continued: “[W]e know it's all about this President, especially when he has aggrieved. His feelings hurt … by things he saw on TV,” including Democrats who remarked: “Well, I don’t know if it was appropriate for the President to be here.”

As a result, Lemon added: “So when the President had a chance to speak publicly on this sad day in El Paso, a city in mourning after a racist mass murder, he used his time to brag about himself and then to trash some Democrats,” including Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and El Paso Mayor Nan Whaley, whom Trump called “very dishonest people.”

“What likely ticked the President off is that they also told reporters after their hospital visit that they pressed President Trump to push for expanded background checks and what Mayor Whaley calls common-sense gun control legislation.”

“Isn't that what they're supposed to do?“ Lemon asked. “But the President doesn't seem to get it” that people across the country are “frightened of out-of-control, deadly gun violence.”

The CNN host asserted that Americans are “fearful that they won't make it home safely from the supermarket, from church, from a diner, a nightclub, that their kids won't make it alive from school.”

Instead, Lemon claimed that Trump’s priorities “were to defend himself, to attack others. And also get in some remarks about Dayton and El Paso, the victims and the heroes. The people who the whole day should have been about.”

Here is a full transcript of the August 7 segment:

CNN Tonight with Don Lemon
August 7, 2019
10:25 p.m. Eastern

DON LEMON: And you know, I guess it should surprise none of us at this point that the feelings of the consoler in chief appeared most concerned with while visiting victims of mass shootings were his own. It's all about President Trump who went to hospitals in Dayton and El Paso to meet and comfort the victims and the plane had barely taken off from the first grieving city when a top aide along for the ride tweeted out that “[t]he President was treated like a Rock Star inside the hospital” in Dayton. A rock star? How can you boast about that in this context? It would be hard to be more tone deaf than that. More insensitive. Right? Right? Wrong.

DONALD TRUMP: As you know we left Ohio and the love, the respect for the Office of the Presidency, it was, I wish you could have been in there to see it. I wish you could have been in there. It was no different here. We went to the hospitals. Just came from the hospital. We were there a lot longer than we anticipated to be. It was supposed to be just a fairly quick — we met with numerous people. We met with also the doctors and nurses the medical staff. They have done an incredible job, both places just incredible, and the enthusiasm, the love the respect.

LEMON: It's not about you. It's not about you, for once, at least today, but we know it's all about this President, especially when he has aggrieved. His feelings hurt. By things he saw on TV. So, when the President had a chance to speak publicly on this sad day in El Paso, a city in mourning after a racist mass murder, he used his time to brag about himself and then to trash some Democrats.

TRUMP: They shouldn't be politicking today. I had it with Sherrod Brown, the Mayor, Nan Whaley. They asked to go in could we possibly go in and make it through. I said, yeah, let's do it. They couldn't believe what they saw and they said it to people. They have never seen anything like it. The entire hospital no different than what we had in El Paso. The entire hospital was, I mean, everybody was so proud of the job they did because they did a great job. They did a great job here and then I say good-bye. I took them in at their request. We made the tour. They couldn't believe it. She said it to people, he said it to people. I get on Air Force One where they do have a lot of televisions. I turn on the television and then they're saying, “well, I don't know if it was appropriate for the President to be here. You know, et cetera, et cetera,” you know, the same old line.  They're very dishonest people and that's probably why he got, I think about zero percent then he failed as a presidential candidate.

LEMON: Okay, so, as always. We have to look at what really happened. Let's look at what really happened, not just the story that he created afterwards.  Earlier in the day, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley joined the President at the Dayton hospital and here's what Senator Brown and Mayor Whaley said to the media about the President's hospital visit.

SENATOR SHERROD BROWN (D-OH): Oh, he was comforting and he did the right thing.

MAYOR NAN WHALEY (D): I think the victims and the first responders were grateful that the President of the United States came to Dayton.

LEMON: So, in fact, they said kind things about the President's role comforting the victims. What likely ticked the President off is that they also told reporters after their hospital visit that they pressed President Trump to push for expanded background checks and what Mayor Whaley calls common-sense gun control legislation. They are elected officials. Isn't that what they're supposed to do? But the President doesn't seem to get it. Doesn't seem to get that Americans are scared, that they're frightened of out of control, deadly gun violence, that they're fearful that they won't make it home safely from the supermarket, from church, from a diner, a nightclub, that their kids won't make it alive from school. Look at these videos. This is real. That is panic and chaos. In Times — Look at these videos. This is real. That is panic and chaos in Times Square last night, people running in all directions after motorcycles backfired. People were heard screaming that there was a shooter. Police tried to calm people down, saying there was no gunfire then this is Utah, panicked people ran from a mall when a sign fell causing a bang that sounded like a gunshot and hundreds of employees evacuated from USA Today's office building in Virginia after reports of a man with a weapon. Fortunately, police say there was nothing to worry about in the end, but the fact is Americans are scared and President Trump seems tone deaf about it, to the point where his priorities were to defend himself, to attack others, and also get in some remarks about heroes in Dayton and El Paso, the victims and the heroes, the people who the whole day should have been about."

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