President Trump quickly responded to the terrible shooting in Vegas, now called the “Mandalay Massacre,” where at least 58 were killed and hundreds wounded.
He tweeted his support and condolences to the victims and their families.
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
Hours after the event, Trump addressed the nation, calling the shooting an “act of pure evil.”
He called for the country to unite in a time of “sadness, shock and grief.”
He quoted Scripture to comfort those dealing with great loss, knowing that “the Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”
Watch Trump’s full comments below.
And yet the media attacked his response as awkward, and they pointed to previous responses to Orlando and other events to criticize him.
Some liberals are even passing around conspiracy theories that this was a government inside job to distract from stories like Puerto Rico and the NFL.
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Others weighed in on Trump’s speech:
Whoever wrote Trump’s speech did a heck of a job. By far the most empathetic words i’ve ever heard from him.
— Jamie Tworkowski (@jamietworkowski) October 2, 2017
I said on FBN that the Trump speech was eloquent, calling attack evil, urging unity, talking about love, prayer, not a scintilla of politics
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) October 2, 2017