Donald Trump kicked off his look on the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation’s annual conference on Friday by awkwardly reading the names of the 21 people slaughtered with an AR-15-style rifle in Uvalde a couple of days earlier. The NRA performed a recording of a bell clanging as the previous president strained to pronounce the names of the victims.
The speech didn’t get any much less offensive from there.
Trump echoed Republican lawmakers and conservative pundits by bashing Democrats for “virtue cycling” within the wake the bloodbath, blaming the capturing on all the things however weapons, and proposing a collection of impractical options to the epidemic of mass shootings in America. The record of options didn’t embrace gun reform, in fact, which Trump claimed would have finished nothing to cease the shooter in Uvalde — regardless of the shooter having purchased two assault rifles simply after his 18th birthday earlier this month.
Trump did suggest guaranteeing classroom doorways are lockable from the within as a technique to reduce down on college shootings. This may not do the trick, nonetheless, as Texas Division of Public Security Director Steven McCraw said in a press conference on Friday that the shooter locked himself in adjoining lecture rooms earlier than opening hearth on kids.
Trump: Classroom doorways must be hardened to make them lockable from the within pic.twitter.com/9XZuqasnmL
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022
Trump cycled by means of lots of the different fixes conservatives have floated this week, together with “drastically altering our approve to psychological well being” and doing no matter it takes to “harden our colleges.” He then stated academics must be carrying weapons, to loud applause. “There is no such thing as a signal extra inviting to a mass killer than an indication that declares a gun free zone,” he stated, to extra applause.
Talking of academics, Trump put a number of the blame on college directors for “making excuses” and never “confronting dangerous conduct head on and shortly.”
Trump blames public college directors for mass shootings, saying they’re making excuses and turning a blind eye to dangerous conduct from their college students. pic.twitter.com/1YRr3m6oAL
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) May 27, 2022
Trump continued to argue that if Congress can ship cash to Ukraine because it fights off Russia’s invasion, “we should always have the ability to do no matter it takes to maintain our youngsters secure.” His message got here down, because it all the time does, to his loss to President Biden in 2020. He lamented what’s occurred to Ukraine, and stated it could have by no means occurred if the election wasn’t “rigged.” He supplied a very grim imaginative and prescient of what America could be like ought to he retake the White Home in 2024. “If I ever run for president and win . . . I might crack down on violent crime like by no means earlier than,” he said, noting how he despatched federal forces to interrupt up Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the summertime of 2020.
It shouldn’t come as a shock that regardless of the enormity of what occurred in Uvalde on Tuesday, Trump’s speech on the NRA’s annual conference was not a lot completely different than any of his different speeches. He spent a couple of minutes waxing idiotic on the information of the week — on this case 21 folks together with 19 kids being slaughtered — earlier than fuming concerning the 2020 election.
He even did a little bit dance on the finish.
A speech the place Trump learn the names of the victims ends like this pic.twitter.com/fQZxrB9OiI
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022
At the least “Macho Man” wasn’t enjoying.