Trump Confuses Mass Shootings, Tweets Condolences To Wrong City

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President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences for a mass shooting that occurred on Tuesday, but which instead mentioned an attack that occurred earlier in the month.

President Donald Trump

Social media took President Donald Trump to task Tuesday evening after it appeared that he had copied-and-pasted a tweet from a mass shooting that happened earlier this month in Texas to express his condolences for a different attack that occurred Tuesday in California.

“May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas,” Trump tweeted in the since-deleted comment. “The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived.”

That shooting, which took the lives of 26 church-goers in that community, occurred on Nov. 5, nine days prior Trump’s tweet last night. Trump had made a similar tweet on that date.

The more recent tweet on Tuesday evening elicited a response from social media followers who chastised Trump for appearing to copy-and-paste his condolences from a previous tragedy to a current one — a move, which, if true, shows a huge error of judgment by the president, and indicates a lack of sympathy for those who are suffering from familial losses.

Trump's use of social media seems to be an automatic response,  an almost knee-jerk reaction. The outrage over his mass shooting tweet template is justifiable. The president should apologize, even if the social media post was a technological glitch, and issue a statement expressing his true sorrow for the families involved in Tuesday’s mass shooting.

That’s what an honorable and humble president would do — but it’s unclear whether Trump has it in him to encompass those values.

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