Kids tend to have unrealistic expectations, to be honest.
President Trump apparently took some time to call a survivor of the Parkland high school shooting, and it did not impress.
Samantha Fuentes is recovering from gunshots to both legs. She received a call from the president, but in an interview with the New York Times, she discussed the call, and according to Fuentes, nothing in that call was comforting.
“He said he heard I was a big fan of his, and then he said ‘I’m a big fan of yours, too,’ ” Fuentes told the Times.
“I’m pretty sure he made that up,” she continued. “Talking to the president, I’ve never been so unimpressed by a person in all my life. He didn’t make me feel better in the slightest.”
First of all, I’m going to agree with her, because if he told her he heard she was a big fan of his, you have to ask where he heard that. It sounds kind of fake.
That, and knowing how the actual fans of Trump react to all things Trump, her reaction to his call doesn’t fit the usual Trump nation protocol.
Fuentes told the Times that Trump had called the gunman a “sick puppy” and said “‘oh boy, oh boy, oh boy,’ like, seven times.”
That sounds right.
I can see how such a call would leave someone who had just lived through a major traumatic event feeling less than comforted. Trump, however, is not a compassionate person without a teleprompter or notecards to help him along.
For all his life, by all accounts, he’s been a treacherous, conniving, adulterous, self-absorbed snake. Now, he’s taken on a job where he’s going to be put in positions like this, where he’s expected to show real, human emotions.
I keep thinking of the story of former President George W. Bush visiting the troops injured in the Middle East, as they lay in their hospital beds.
At one soldier’s bedside, the mother of the soldier screamed and raged at Bush – and he let her. On the ride home, as told by former Bush aide, Dana Perino, the president remarked, “That mama sure was mad at me, and I don’t blame her a bit.”
There are a lot of stories like that of Bush.
You’re not going to get anything like that with Trump. He doesn’t have the capacity. Were Trump to actually face that kind of emotion, he’d just tweet something nasty about it, later.
All that being said, I don’t think there would be a whole lot he could have said to Miss Fuentes that would have been enough.
Right now, what we’re seeing is a narrative the left has dreamed of. High school kids are young enough to evoke national sympathies, but old enough to be cynical, but easily manipulated.
They’re angry at the system because the pop culture they’re so immersed in is telling them how to react. I’ve only seen a handful who seem to realize that it really does take a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun.
I doubt any of them fully grasp why the Second Amendment is so important, or how quickly our nation could fall, if we allow emotion to be the tool that chips away at our basic rights.
And this is happening with Trump at the helm. He’s already folding at the edges, because he just wants to be liked. He wants to see glowing articles of his deeds in the papers.
Miss Fuentes probably should have set her expectations lower, and just graciously acknowledged that the president took time to call her.
He did that much, and for him, that was a big step.