Isn't it petty to use a tragedy to rake in cash and votes?
It is, of course — but the Trump administration doesn’t really care.
Trump’s re-election campaign is using an image of the president along with Melania Trump standing around Madeleine Wilford, one of the survivors of the recent Florida shooting, in a hospital bed, while the other side was surrounded by her family.
The 17-year-old survived the horrific attack that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The commander-in-chief visited the teenager and then used her ordeal for campaign promotion.
After taking a picture with Wilford, the very same image was used in an email sent out by the Trump campaign, asking for donations from supporters.
"The nation has turned its attention to the senseless school shooting in Parkland, Florida," the email read.
“The President is now engaging in an important national conversation about school safety and ways to prevent any future attacks. President Trump is taking steps towards banning gun bump stocks and strengthening background checks for gun purchasers,” the email continued.
“The President has made his intent very clear: 'making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority.’”
At the end of the email was a call to action to make a donation to Trump’s campaign with a link to the donations page. It also had a link to buy Trump’s merchandise.
So either a supporter was to vote for Trump or buy from him. It is ironic how the president used a tragedy in an attempt to make profits.
The POTUS also used the very same image on his official Instagram page.
FEBRUARY 16, 2018 Our entire Nation, with one heavy heart, continues to pray for the victims and their families in Parkland, Florida. To teachers, law enforcement, first responders and medical professionals who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We THANK YOU for your courage — and we are here for you, ALWAYS! Our administration is working closely with local authorities to investigate the shooting and learn everything we can. We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools, and tackle the difficult issue of mental health. God Bless You All — and THANK YOU!
While Trump has been making claims of introducing laws to tighten background checks, he failed to provide any details.
People with a conscience on social media are naturally upset by Trump’s campaign for trying to profit off Wilford’s picture.
Does anyone associated with Trump's campaigns have a sense of shame or propriety?https://t.co/uCzzTyKncg— Don Adams (@AssemblyRoomUSA) February 26, 2018
When we say, THERE IS NO LOW TRUMP WON'T STOOP TO, we mean it. I wonder what this young woman thinks about this? https://t.co/kEVdpiI4YI— Rebekah Donohue (@donohue_rebekah) February 26, 2018
ASTOUNDING if any other president did this — Trump campaign uses photo of Parkland shooting victim in fundraising letter. https://t.co/6cRCzTFkPa— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) February 26, 2018
Of course, he was in the hopital for mere minutes but turns it into a way to make money for the GOP. The party will never impeach him, they luv all these shenanigans! https://t.co/xOOwIDkT2g— Chris 🚨👨🚒🚒 (@Unsucchiacazzi) February 26, 2018
President Trump's reelection campaign sent an email to supporters featuring Trump by the bedside of a young woman recovering from injuries she sustained from the mass shooting a Florida high school, before later asking for campaign donations. https://t.co/A05clrleD9— yanatha (@yanatha) February 26, 2018
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