— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) August 8, 2019
As we have often lamented, one of the factors behind Trump’s “victory” was the complicity of so much of the major media. No matter how badly the Oval Office Occupant disgraced himself and our suffering nation, the Media Village Idiots made excuse ranging from ‘he’s playing a multi-dimensional chess game whose final move is hidden from his critics’ to ‘he relies an expansive sense of what will please his base, regardless of outsiders’ opinions’. But the horrors of last week, and the complete inability of the Squatter-in-Chief to demonstrate even the most basic human emotions in the face of its victims, seem to be piercing the bubble…
An El Paso hospital official says that there was a general assessment that there was "an absence of empathy" on Trump's part during his visit.https://t.co/8L0obCfjND
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 8, 2019
From Trump’s staunchest “nonpartisan” defender, the NYTimes, “Trump Uses a Day of Healing to Deepen the Nation’s Divisions”:
… Mr. Trump’s schedule was meant to follow the traditional model of apolitical presidential visits with victims, law enforcement officials and hospital workers after calamities like the mass shootings that resulted in 31 deaths in Dayton and El Paso and that created a new sense of national crisis over assault weapons and the rise of white supremacist ideology.
That plan went awry even before Mr. Trump, who has acknowledged his discomfort with showing empathy in public, departed Washington…
The result was the latest example of Mr. Trump’s penchant for inflaming divisions at moments when other presidents have tried to soothe them, and further proof of his staff’s inability to persuade him to follow the norms of presidential behavior…
— Yoni Appelbaum (@YAppelbaum) August 9, 2019
i get that trump is depraved but is there no one at the white house who has any sense of how this kind of thing might look https://t.co/tlkryUQ2Wz
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) August 8, 2019
"Mr. Trump reacted with fury. As his plane soared toward a restive El Paso, he shouted at aides that no one was defending him, according to a person briefed on what took place." via @maggienyt https://t.co/aGwXweS8MM
— Michael Tackett (@tackettdc) August 8, 2019
… Mr. Trump was greeted in both Dayton and El Paso by protests of unusual size for a presidential visit at a time of collective grief.
In Republican-leaning Dayton, small groups of demonstrators waved signs that read “Dump Trump” and “Do Something!” His supporters, who insist that his language is not to blame for the actions of deranged individuals, and that calls for him to embrace gun control do not address the root causes of gun violence, turned out in smaller numbers.
The reception was especially bitter in El Paso, a border city that Mr. Trump has repeatedly criticized and where many people blame his anti-immigrant messaging and talk of a cross-border “invasion” for inspiring the gunman who killed 22 people at a Walmart here.
Protesters staged a daylong demonstration in a park near the University Medical Center of El Paso, and when Mr. Trump arrived at a nearby police emergency operations center, a group greeted him with a large white bedsheet that had the words “Racist, go home” written on it. At a memorial site in a parking lot near the Walmart, where mourners had erected small white crosses and left hundreds of flowers, balloons and candles, the appearance of a woman in a red “Make America Great Again” hat provoked shouting and profanity, prompting state troopers to intervene and urge calm.
Even as the president denied that he had “fanned the flames of white supremacy,” as Mr. Biden had asserted, Mr. Trump repeated his past claim of equivalence between extremists on the left and right…
JUST NOW: WH insiders “will privately admit this was something of a debacle, these are not the headlines they wanted to see.”@maggieNYT on insider reaction to @realDonaldTrump trip to Dayton and El Paso.@NewDay pic.twitter.com/WxVTo6HGRv
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) August 8, 2019
A source tells @kaitlancollins that Trump lashed out at his staff for keeping the cameras away from him during his hospital visits in Dayton and El Paso, complaining he wasn't receiving enough credit https://t.co/ta90JMeU1C
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 8, 2019
If he's not the worst president ever, he's the worst person who has ever been president. https://t.co/0rmpljbI5v
— (((Steve Chapman))) (@SteveChapman13) August 8, 2019
The White House staff is leaking like crazy that they know this trip did not go well so I have to ask who in the hell put this video together? No way @Scavino45 did this on his own. https://t.co/8YeePe7C3z
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) August 8, 2019
And it’s worth noting he kept telling the White House traveling press that he wished we could have been in there with him… (Which, of course, was something entirely in his control). https://t.co/o7GrdkJGi4
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) August 8, 2019
[Many celebrities actually have gone to hospitals, visited with deployed troops, and otherwise done charitable appearances without making it all about themselves, and therefore would find that part of the presidency relatively easy]. https://t.co/U2rIt21ULt
— Jonathan Bernstein (@jbview) August 8, 2019
The video the White House tweeted out, which was essentially an ad, of his Texas and Ohio visits yesterday was how he prefers to be seen. This raw video is what reporters would have seen had they been there. https://t.co/QRAqi2VvOk
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 9, 2019
Hi, Republicans. Please affirm that you don’t think this person has an emotional disorder and that you think he’s fit to command a strategic nuclear arsenal. Show your work. We’ll wait. Maybe we can start with @GOP senators and work our way down from there. https://t.co/WvAeLMYi3k
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) August 8, 2019
Obama vs Trump on consoling pic.twitter.com/O6rewv2Av3
— T. Fisher King (@T_FisherKing) August 9, 2019