We can always count on the Trump administration to take the most serious, devastating events in American history and spin them in the most disrespectful, heartless ways.
Today was the fifth anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which resulted in the deaths of 20 innocent children, and 26 deaths total. Earlier today during a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was called on to acknowledge the tragedy and the horrific effect gun violence has had on the country — and it couldn’t have gone any worse.
When a reporter asked Huckabee Sanders what Donald Trump had done “to try to protect the American people against a similar type of massacre,” Huckabee Sanders showed everyone in the room just how little the Trump administration cared. Failing to own up to the fact that Trump hasn’t done a damn thing to prevent further massacres, Huckabee Sanders tried to deflect the question by moving on to “border security” and “stronger vetting processes.” She said:
Look, I think that there are a number of different ways that we look to protect our citizens every single day. One of the areas that the president has been outspoken about, not necessarily to [mass shootings], but just more broadly speaking in terms of national security and protecting individuals certainly through border security, stronger vetting processes, and looking at whether or not there are other regulations we could put in place that would offer protection.”
Fortunately, the reporter didn’t let Huckabee Sanders get away with that, and pointed out that many of the people responsible for mass shootings in America — like Sandy Hook and the even deadlier Las Vegas massacre — were Americans, not immigrants. Huckabee Sanders continued to dance around the question, insisting that she was speaking “more broadly in terms of national security as a whole.”
Huckabee Sanders also trashed the idea about expanded gun regulations, as she shed doubt that stronger gun laws could have made an impact to prevent what happened with Sandy Hook and Las Vegas. She said:
If you could name a single thing that would have prevented both of these, I would like to hear it because I don’t know what that would look like. But we’re looking every single day at how you can protect American lives.”
You can watch this disgusting response below:
Trump and his administration have done nothing to make America safer, even as gun violence ravages the country. After every recent shooting, Trump and the GOP have put off talking about gun laws, stating that it wasn’t a good time to talk about how to address gun violence. Huckabee Sanders’ response, as the continued ignorance of the Trump administration on this issue, is a disgrace to the innocent children who died five years ago.
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