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President Trump could not have given a better speech today. He hit the right tone, the right note, and he avoided the pitfalls of jumping to conclusions or casting blame.
The president quoted Scripture, which speaks more clearly than he could by himself.
Scripture teaches us, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward.
He offered respect, and directed that flags would be flown at half-staff. He announced that he will fly to Las Vegas to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and families of the victims.
Trump condemned evil ad said he and Melania were praying for those who suffered loss.
Even normally hostile media acknowledged it was a great speech. Even those who criticized his initial response in a tweet were impressed with Trump’s delivery, grace and compassion.
Reports & Perspectives
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump used a solemn address from the White House on Monday to call for unity in the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, calling the massacre an “act of pure evil.”
Trump’s well-crafted speech just now hit the right tone. He quoted Scripture. He called evil, evil. He cast no blame and only reassured those who were affected by the attack. He was, in a word, presidential, and in another word, compassionate.
This was the best Trump, The considered, calm and–well, coached–Trump (hat-tip to Gabriella Hoffman for that) is the man at his best. The itchy-trigger-finger, early-morning tweet Trump is him at his worst.
In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light, and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.
Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded, or lost the ones they love so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack. We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace. And we pray for the day when evil is banished, and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.
May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost. May God give us the grace of healing. And may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on.
I love the fact that Trump brings God & scripture into his speech, it is exactly what this country needs in times like this.
— Autumn Sowell (@_awesomeautumn) October 2, 2017
Trump, fully on Teleprompter, gave a conventional "consoler-in-chief" kind of speech.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 2, 2017
Trump reads i minute speech from teleprompter and leaves. I'm sure those words were written for him. #LasVegasShooting
— Nita Cosby (@5_2blue) October 2, 2017
LIberals for whom everything is political will read all kind of things into a simple speech intended to give some comfort to victims of a horrible crime. They wouldn’t be satisfied with anything Trump said.
But Trump steered clear of politics, which his predecessor never did in giving speeches in response to mass shootings. In this, though he now “owns” the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, he has surpassed Barack Obama in his ability to keep the political out of tragedy.
That’s exactly what he needed to do.
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