One Step, Two Step: Trump "Listening Session" With Shooting Survivors Hilariously Orchestrated

President Donald Trump bows his head during an opening prayer at the start of a listening session with high school students and teachers in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Did anybody watch Trump’s “listening session” with students and parents who have felt the impact of school shootings?

Many hailed Trump’s self-control and the uncharacteristic “compassion” of his performance.

I mean, he actually listened at this “listening session.”

Trump promised the group that his administration will take action to tighten gun laws and tackle other issues that have led to mass shootings across the U.S.

“It’s not going to be talk like it has been in the past,” Trump said.

Trump has also instructed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to outline regulations that would outlaw “bump stocks,” which modify guns to fire bullets more rapidly.

And you can bet that’s what those students and parents wanted to hear.

Some eagle-eyed observers, however, couldn’t help but notice Trump brought notes along with him to the session.

Among those notes were the questions:

“What would you most want me to know about your experience?”

“What can we do to help you feel safe?”

So he had a little guidance, beforehand.

Hilariously, however, there was that final point, and a reporter caught a really good shot of it.

https://twitter.com/Ike_Saul/status/966459633333424128

I’d say “Unbelievable,” but it’s Trump. The notion that he had to be reminded to show empathy and compassion is completely believable.

This had the potential to go very, very badly for Trump, but he apparently stuck to his notes, so there’s that.