To be frank, it takes a lot to truly “get” me these days. Don’t get me wrong, I still get disgusted and sickened and infuriated and even frightened by many of the things I see and read and experience day in and day out in my career covering politics. But I’ve been doing this for so long now that it genuinely takes something massive to really and truly stop me in my tracks. To take me back a step and say, “Oh, my God. What. The. F*ck.”
Ex-President Donald Trump accomplished that today, within the very first few minutes of his speech at today’s Houston, Texas, National Rifle Association convention.
Just 72 short hours ago, 8-year-old high school dropout turned gunman, Salvador Ramos, opened fire on Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where he managed to shoot and kill at least 21 innocent human beings — 19 children and two teachers in one fourth-grade classroom. Now, the former president of the United States is standing on a stage less than 300 miles away from the site where innocent babies and beloved teachers were slaughtered in their classroom just 3 days ago, preaching his pro-gun speech to a crowd of people who in their heart of hearts believe that their firearms are worth more than your children.
But even that is not what “gets” me.
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Within the first several minutes of getting up on stage at an NRA convention that already serves as a slap in the face to every man, woman, and child who was affected by the Uvalde tragedy, Donald Trump officially went from bad to worse as he stood before the audience and read off the names of the Robb Elementary School victims — many of which he butchered with his mispronunciation, all of which featured a dystopian death knell bell ringing after each and every name, as he stood in front of a massive, blazing NRA background:
I don’t think it gets any more dystopian than Trump reading out the names of murdered children with giant “NRA” signs behind him https://t.co/jWWBXI3cz8
— Robyn Urback (@RobynUrback) May 27, 2022
We no longer live in the America that your parents and grandparents once loved and respected. This is Hell.
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