President Trump and first lady Melania traveled to Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas yesterday on a day that should have resulted in a show of compassion, consoling grieving families, and helping two communities heal and come together after a weekend of mass carnage. Instead, Trump turned the day into a day of personal grievances and made it all about him.
Before Trump’s trip even began, he attacked Beto O’Rourke, former Congressman from El Paso.
While in Dayton, Trump met with Mayor Nan Whaley and Senator Sherrod Brown; then later attacked both while flying from Dayton to El Paso. This came after Trump said he did not want to get into the “political fray.”
During the plane trip from Ohio to Texas, Trump went after Joe Biden for comments Biden made in a speech in Ohio. Biden said that Trump “fanned the flames of white supremacy.”
In Trump’s only public appearance during both stops, he lashed out again at Mayor Whaley and Senator Brown. He also told everyone just how much love and respect he received from everyone in Dayton.
“We had an amazing day,” Trump said in El Paso as he concluded his visit. “As you know, we left Ohio. The love, the respect for the office of the presidency.”
Trump also praised El Paso police officers and other first responders and shook their hands, telling one female officer, “I saw you on television the other day and you were fantastic.”
The Washington Post reported, “None of the eight patients still being treated at University Medical Center in El Paso agreed to meet with Trump when he visited the hospital, UMC spokesman Ryan Mielke said. Two victims who already had been discharged returned to the hospital with family members to meet with the president.
“This is a very sensitive time in their lives,” Mielke said. “Some of them said they didn’t want to meet with the president. Some of them didn’t want any visitors.”
When Trump returned to the White House, he launched a Twitter attack on MSNBC and CNN:
CNN’s Don Lemon sums up Trump’s trip to Dayton and El Paso quite nicely: