As the dreadful situation in Las Vegas transpired and details continue to emerge regarding the massacre, Trump sent a message to the police force that would make any American proud.
President Trump’s phone call to the police department of the traumatized city included words of encouragement to law enforcement. “The fast response that you gave, saved hundreds of additional people from being killed,” Trump told Sheriff Lombardo directly, according to a Twitter post from the City of Las Vegas.
— City of Las Vegas (@CityOfLasVegas) October 2, 2017
In response to Sunday night’s mass shooting, in which a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert attendees, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds, President Trump gave moral support in various statements, including one phone call to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department Sheriff, Joe Lombardo.
In addition to commending the Sheriff’s response to the deadly shooting, Trump also thanked the law enforcement of the city in his public address the next morning. “I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts and for helping to save the lives of so many,” he said, according to a New York Times transcript.
“The speed with which they acted is miraculous and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful,” Trump added. “It shows what true professionalism is all about.”
His comments are one of few that share a message of hope, optimism, and unity in the face of such a tragedy, one which many of those on the Left are already in the midst of politicizing for their own gain.
Hillary Clinton, for instance, has already jumped on this case. In one tweet, Clinton asked people to imagine how many deaths there would be if the shooter had a silencer, pivoting from there to criticize the NRA in the same tweet. It was a move that many conservatives found reprehensible.
But the most notable difference in Trump’s response compared to those of other politicians is the sheer respect and acknowledgment of the efforts law enforcement made to protect innocent lives. It shows a level of sympathy that few politicians show — especially those on the Left.
It is the complete opposite of the previous administration’s response to the police. When a 25-year-old police officer was killed while trying to serve a warrant outside of Atlanta, it marked one of the worst weeks for police deaths in the country. However, Obama had almost nothing to say about the affair.
President Trump’s phone call to the police department of the traumatized city included words of encouragement to law enforcement. Not so for other politicians. Does this disgust you?
“There is an absolute deafening silence from the leaders of our country [on anti-police violence], and it tells us where we are at this time in our society,” said Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Arizona, at the time.
“That’s his lens on how he sees our heroes and our protectors,” he said, talking about then-President Obama. During the same time, then front-runner Donald Trump claimed that the police were the “most mistreated” people in America. It appears that now that he is president, Trump is still choosing to stand up and acknowledge the efforts law enforcement takes to keep Americans safe.
It’s easy to give in to fear and despair in the wake of these events. It takes a man of considerable character to remain optimistic and hopeful in the midst of this chaos.