Donald Trump just spoke to the nation in the aftermath of the massacre that happened last night in Las Vegas. It a speech that one would expect to hear from the President of the United States. His words were unifying. He has ordered flags to be flown at half-mast in honor of the victims of the shooting. He correctly termed in “an act of pure evil.” While brief, his words hit the right tone that Americans needed to hear. Unlike previous statements he’s made, he did not jump to conclusions about the motives or actions of the shooter
Here are his remarks to the nation:
Whoever wrote this speech for Donald Trump deserves great credit. It was truly a good speech. Even his use of Scripture was appropriate, if awkward for him. Trump deserves praise for delivering these comments.
But as we all know, Trump has never shown consistency in either his comments, tweets, or off-the-cuff statements. Give him credit where credit is due, but reserve judgement until we see how he continues to deal with this situation in the days to come. There are still many unanswered questions that the Las Vegas Police, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security will seek to find the answers to in the days and weeks to come.
One speech does not a President make. His actions will speak louder than his words. Don’t forget that this is the same man who said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any supporters.
This is NOT the day that Donald Trump became President of the United States. He became President on January 20, 2017. This is merely the first day he ACTED like the President of the United States. That a speech we would have expected from any previous president as a matter of course would be considered “amazing” speaks volumes.
This speech does not redeem his callous response to the tragedy in Puerto Rico. This speech does not redeem his dangerous tweets regarding North Korea and his own Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. This speech does not redeem his comments following the protests in Charlottesville.
But, for once, Trump did the right thing. But even a broken clock is right twice a day.