‘May God bless the people of Toledo’—Trump offers thoughts and prayers to wrong city

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts as he arrives at a campaign event in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX2B46Z

It’s been clear from day one of Trump’s first (and hopefully only) term in office that he is not up to the job. He’s worse: unprepared, incompetent, and completely untethered from the morals and values required for the role.

His complete lack of ethics were on display this morning as he tweeted what amounted to a defense of the El Paso and Dayton shooters, blaming the rage and violence of these young white men on “fake news.”

What makes that even sicker is the fact that the El Paso shooter released a manifesto/screed that echoed the very same language used over and over again by Donald Trump. The shooter referenced “fake news” and the “invasion” language Trump and Fox News regularly spew, language that has come directly from white nationalist publications and websites for decades. They’ve mainstreamed it.

As outrage continues to mount, Trump finally got before the cameras to offer words of solace and comfort to the nation. It was such a phony, transparent attempt at sounding presidential, something he is completely incapable of, even in times of national mourning.

He named the wrong city. He blessed the people of Toledo.

Maybe this was a preemptive blessing for the people of Toledo. After all, as long as Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and the rest of Republicans refuse to act on commonsense gun reforms to curb these national tragedies, Toledo may be next. Or Kansas City. Or Seattle. It’s an epidemic and a national emergency, and we must act.

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Rick Bevilacqua
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Rick Bevilacqua

Shouldn’t the ACLU or some citizen’s group sue Trump and the GOP for making up the whole “invasion” scenario and using it as a campaign issue?? Their strategy has precipitated how many mass killings now perpetrated by their right-wing constituents?? And they don’t have to pay for what they have unleashed?

James Simcoe
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James Simcoe
I have come to the conclusion that he does these things on purpose. He asked the refugee woman at the White House “where were her parents” after she told him they had been killed. Remember “Pleasure,” California, after the Paradise fire? And on and on. It’s a good sign, really, that he did it again here. It means aspects of the situation are making him look bad. He’s uncomfortable, angry, because he can feel control slipping away. And who ever thought that Mitch McConnell himself would turn out to be the weak link!!?? His own special code words pushing his… Read more »
Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
….It’s another example of Trump ,not knowing his “ass from a hole in the ground”. The same” fake president”, who claims the fake media is to blame for the “shootings in Dayton”, not Toledo , and El Paso. The same fake president that promotes hatred of immigrants, when in fact his family are 1st generation immigrants themselves. How stupid can you be ..mr President?? The same fake president that’s been accused of sexual predatory behavior, and even rape ,by as many as 20 women. …The same fake president ,who says the drug problems are from immigrants ,bringing drugs into our… Read more »
David Bishop
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David Bishop

25th Amendment needs to be invoked.

Rowdy Girl
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Rowdy Girl

And he was READING it! Maybe he has inside info on where the next devout Trumpite will strike. Come on Congress, DO YOUR JOB

Elli
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Elli

Pelosi get this nutjob out of office. Start impeachment proceedings now!!!!!