In what was considered to be a slow-motion train crash by most observers, where you know what you’re seeing is horrible, but you’re frozen and can’t look away, President Trump was sure to point out that Heather Heyer’s mother had thanked him for his words about the events that led to her daughter’s death.
Trump praised Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, for thanking him for his “words of comfort” when he condemned the groups behind the rally during a statement on Monday.
“I thought that the statement put out, the mother’s statement I thought was a beautiful statement,” he said. “I’ll tell you — it was something that I really appreciated. I thought it was terrific.”
Yes, because someone who has just lost their child should be comforting you.
Heyer was killed after 20-year old James Alex Fields rammed his car into a group of counter-protesters, during the maelstrom that was Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.
Trump caught heat for not condemning the white nationalists and the ensuing violence on Saturday. He gave a more specific condemnation on Monday, but in Tuesday’s press conference, he lost it and pretty much plowed over Monday’s more specific, smooth condemnation of the white nationalists.
News that also came out during this latest ride on the crazy train is that the president has not reached out to Heather Heyer’s family to offer his condolences.
When asked if he intended to reach out to them:
“No. I will be reaching out,” Trump said when asked by The Hill.
It has been 3 days since Heyer was killed. From the reactions, it appears Trump has done more to comfort the alt-right who are more concerned with being tagged with this than in comforting the actual victims.
Let’s see if his promise to reach out to the Heyer family goes the same way as his promise of donations to veterans’ groups.