A tweet released by President Donald J. Trump after the Rancho Tehama School shooting appears to be almost identical to a second tweet posted after the recent shooting at a Sutherland Springs, Texas church. The close similarity of both posts has many Americans questioning whether the POTUS is relying on canned answers when responding to very serious events.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Trump himself had posted the tweet or if it was posted by a social media aide, instead. The President, and to a lesser degree, the White House, does retain social media staff to aid with positioning and public relations, but Trump has a history of “going rogue” and posting controversial statements in the past.
- Kevin Neal killed four people and wounded at least 10 others during his rampage at Rancho Tehama Reserve in Northern California, according to authorities.
- The first tweet, released shortly after the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting at a church, reads as follows: “May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived.”
- The second tweet, released only recently after a shooting incident at Rancho Tehama School in Northern California, appears to be copied word-for-word. “May God be w/the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”
- One user, @cadillaccanon, addressed the issue head-on. “Did u just copy & paste this & forget to change the city?”
- Other users drew attention to the fact that it appears America has so many shootings, even the President gets them confused. @FCDallasMom2 tweeted, “When your president gets confused on what mass shooting took place today you know you have a problem.”
- Gun reform activists are using the incident as proof of a need for more gun control. They surmise if there are so many events even the President can’t keep up, it’s proof that there are far too many guns available. Gun ownership activists disagree, suggesting that allowing people to arm themselves properly ends active shooter situations much faster than non-armed intervention alone.
- Some Twitter users are insinuating the copy-paste job is proof the POTUS is insensitive and lazy when it comes to serious issues. User @kidsistah tweeted, “It’s also a fairly compelling argument that the US president doesn’t give a shit who any of these people are.”
- Trump posted the tweet from Japan during a five-country tour to benefit diplomacy and international relations. The errant tweet disappeared a short time after it was posted.
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