Yesterday Donald Trump held a photo op bitch and stitch with survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, and in order to convey his deeply felt, raw, unfettered compassion for their experiences, he brought along a note card with scripted conversational prompts and responses. This I Am Sam realness is drawing the ire of the fake news media, but honestly the phrases visible in the picture are more succinct than what Trump might have otherwise said, and if the entire course of my life had just been changed in the most violent way possible, I wouldn’t mind getting an “I hear you” from my leader. Melania wishes she got this script from Donald.
Trump didn’t end up needing his note card (at least the front side) but did most likely take the advice of his team while talking to the Parkland survivors. You definitely don’t want a bunch of people from Florida mad at you because they’ll do bath salts and eat your face off, so it was smart of Trump to take the high road with remarks like:
We’re fighting hard for you and we will not stop. I just grieve for you, I feel so — to me, there could be nothing worse than what you’ve gone through.
Thank you for pouring out your hearts because the world is watching and we’re going to come up with a solution.
Once people experience violence in a place that they thought was safe, their outlook is forever changed, and some of these kids are really going to be messed the hell up for the rest of their lives. There’s no more easily accessible tragedy than a bunch of dead and messed up teens and their grieving parents, and Trump really could have gotten himself in deep in the eyes of Americans if he didn’t handle Wednesday’s meeting well. And even though the note card seems like a gaffe, maybe it’s a sign that Trump should always have one on hand, because his convos went remarkably well all things considered. With a well-crafted note card maybe we wouldn’t get blown up by North Korea, making points concerning school shootings inconsequential. JK that’s definitely happening.