President Donald Trump is greeted by Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, after arriving at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to meet with people affected by the mass shooting in Dayton, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Ohio Officials Bash The President Instead Of Bringing People Together After Presidential Visit.
Today, President Trump, in his role as Consoler In Chief, visited Dayton Ohio to console families, meet with Police Officers involved in stopping the shooter and confer with local officials. Upon his departure, the Mayor, the Chief of Police and Senator Sherrod Brown held a press conference.
From the very first, this press conference had absolutely nothing to do with healing wounds, bringing people together or coming together to determine a way ahead to prevent senseless acts of mass murder. At the very start and continuing through the entire press conference, the press had determined that this was to be an opportunity for them to ask leading questions that enabled the leftist politicians present to easily bash The President for things he had nothing to do with and to promote policies, none of which would have prevented one death during the three mass shootings this past weekend.
Their clear objectives were simple:
1. Get President Trump to “stop the rhetoric.” The translation of that is, “President Trump needs to stop pointing out Democrat faults or responding to their racist and divisive rhetoric and;
2. Guns…Each and every Democrat wants to confiscate AR-15’s and enact other draconian gun control measures, such as a 21 years or older age limit and limits of magazine capacity.. and most importantly;
3. Draw attention from the fact that the shooter was almost certainly a leftist, who supported ANTIFA and who was a major admirer of Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Press asked questions about rhetoric and like clockwork, Mayor Nan Whaley blamed President Trump for the shooting, citing ”hateful” and “divisive” rhetoric. She, like the rest of the folks at the podium then alternated between “President Trump’s divisive rhetoric” and beating the drum for more gun control.
The part I found most offensive were the remarks by (I believe/I was listening on the radio/If somebody has better info…please put in comments & I’ll fix) Chief of Police Richard Biehl who said words to the effect of: President Trump wanted to present valor awards to my Officers. They told me No. They would rather The President get assault weapons off the street. I’m going to throw the BS flag on this one. I served as a Deputy Sheriff for over 10 years. The Chief is full of it. What’s worse, he’s allowing his politics to keep his deserving Officers from having their medals pinned on by a sitting President of these United States.
I’d say, “Shame on him.” But that won’t work. These leftists have no shame. Instead of attempting to heal wounds and bring people together, they’d rather score political points written in the blood of the victims.
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