This past Wednesday, President Donald Trump traveled to both Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas to visit both the first responders and victims. While his visit to Dayton went quite well, it took an ugly turn once the president boarded Air Force One to fly to El Paso. The president turned on the T.V. to find a press conference had started with Senator, Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. In which Brown claimed that the hospital staff had “showed respect for the office” even after confidentially indicated that they were “not great admirers” of Trump. Trump, in defense, took to Twitter stating.
The White House shared that the set up of the moment perfectly orchestrated entailed both President Trump and First Lady in the hospital without the press. On their way out, the president and his aides issued pictures and video. Even critics would have to acknowledge he looked “presidential.”
Without hesitation, Brown, In response to the tweet, stated.
“I’ve said before that Donald Trump is a bully and bullies are cowards,” he said. “I don’t care what he says about me. But the people of Dayton deserve a president more focused on protecting them from gun violence than protecting his own ego.”
It is not clear whether or not Brown was politicizing a shooting or trying to get the president to focus on gun violence rather than an “election-season photo-op.” That he claims were the presidents real intent.
As the president went onto visit El Paso to pay his respects, he received significant backlash from everyone including Democrat Representative, Veronica Escobar.
Residents of El Paso claimed the devastating consequences of his anger over race and immigration played a crucial influence to this weekends shootings. When 22 people were shot down at a Walmart, and the white suspect signaled of a “Hispanic invasion,” driving the city into sorrow. So when President Trump returned this time, he wanted to help the city grieve.
“Absolutely everything that Trump stands for was concentrated and fired at the citizens of El Paso that day at Walmart.” Stated Christopher Bailey, a project coordinator at a health clinic in El Paso. “Shame should be hung around the neck for every supporter that continues to justify his language and his presidency.”
Lyda Ness-Garcia, a lawyer of El Paso, who was also at the event, said: “It’s his words that created the climate that led that hateful man to come to my community.”
The animosity kept growing when Judy Lugo, the president of the Texas State Employees Union, declared: “He doesn’t really know who we are. He doesn’t know our culture, the long history we have, he doesn’t understand.”
Some residents were worried that the president’s visit would do more harm than good. However, 20-year-old, Jordan Flores, who works at a local Pizza restaurant, appeared outside of the Walmart wearing a MAGA hat. He confirmed he would remain a supporter of the Trump, even though he felt upset about the shootings.
Wednesday’s visit was created as a chance for President Trump to comfort family members and survivors and help honor those who lost their lives in Saturday’s attack. But few showed readiness to bridge a gap within the city and the president’s efforts that had separated even before the shooting.
Nevertheless, portions of the president’s statements have found support amongst El Paso. But only a few were keen to discuss it, due to everyone angry and grieving still from the tragedy that came upon the town on Wednesday.