Is THIS the sort of message the President’s Critics would have thought Trump even CAPABLE of?
After the massacre in Las Vegas, the night before President Trump stood up and addressed the nation.
And some of us were very pleasantly surprised by the tone and direction he took. After years of a President whose first instinct was to blame, divide, and scold, this is a refreshing change.
Here is the text
My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief.
Last night a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more.It was an act of pure evil.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops.
I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts and for helping to save the lives of so many. The speed with which they acted is miraculous and prevented further loss of life.
To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired, is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about.
Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one, a parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain, we cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims, we are praying for you and we are here for you. And we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.
Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward.
In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half-staff. I will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims. In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one. And it always has.
We call upon the bonds that unite us, our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity. Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger, at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today. And always will, forever.
In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy, but we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.
Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded or lost the ones they loved so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack.
We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace, and we pray for the day when evil is banished and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.
May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost, may God give us the grace of healing and may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on.
Thank you. God bless America. Thank you.
In our view, it was a sold speech.
President Trump unapologetically referenced scripture (Psalm 34:18), prayer and God’s comfort.
What a stark contrast from #Potus44.
President Trump spoke with concern and empathy his critics accuse him of being incapable of feeling. He speaks of the incalculable loss of the victims and families. The heroism of first responders, and the evil — not ‘senselessness’, but actual EVIL — of the attacker.
He turned our attention — as has been his pattern in the short time he has spent in office — toward UNITY, and rather than someone else’s instinct of ‘not letting a crisis go to waste’.
He didn’t assign blame, or introduce issues like ‘systemic racism’ or ‘gun control’. Any political conversations that rise from this event can wait for a more appropriate time.
Our President called for UNITY.
Citizenship. Community. Humanity.
And, yes, love.
For all of those ‘love trumps hate’ protesters, moments such as these make their accusations ring particularly false.
The flag flying at half-staff says clearly that we, as a nation, are ALL mourning together.
His critics will continue to find ways to deride him. That will never change. But others of us suspect that moments like this — on a podium, addressing the nation — are a window into who our President REALLY is.
After all, isn’t that what his critics complain about? That he ‘shoots off his mouth’? Or in other words, says what he’s really thinking?
Some Presidents don’t need a tear rolling down his cheek for America to believe he really cares.