President Donald Trump is under fire for giving the thumbs up when he visited victims from the deadly Florida school shooting in a Broward County hospital. Many people have contrasted a smiling, Donald Trump with images of a weeping and grieving President Barack Obama when he spoke about gun control issues following the Sandy Hook shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead. Seventeen people died during the Florida school massacre including 14 students and three faculty members. Photos of President Trump smiling and giving the thumbs up have infuriated people across social media platforms who question whether Donald Trump exhibited the proper response to the tragedy. Many are also upset that President Trump is avoiding the topic of gun control and hasn’t yet displayed signs of leadership that would result in making U.S. public schools safer for all children.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived at the Broward Health North Hospital, but instead of appearing downcast, forlorn and sorrowful, President Trump smiled for photos and gave the thumbs up when visiting victims.
President Trump also paid a visit to the Broward County Sheriff Department where he praised first responders and was seen giving the thumbs up in a photo with the responders, Senator Marco Rubio, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Now, the photo of Trump giving the thumb up and smiling is now on his Twitter cover page, where it’s causing outrage. While many of the officials smiled, several did not, including Senator Marco Rubio, who is currently receiving massive backlash due to his support of the NRA. Some have also noticed that the one black official was in the back of the photo.
Comments against President Trump and his smiling thumbs up photos are flooding social media networks.
Donald Trump's twitter banner is now a picture of him smiling with a thumbs up, next to the cops who arrived to the scene of 17 murdered teachers and students. pic.twitter.com/c3s4xYW3k5
— Will (@WillCeney_) February 17, 2018
While some people kept their criticisms of President Trump to politics, others said that his actions reveal a depraved character and personality flaw. Some went so far as to accuse President Trump of suffering from mental illness as they tried to understand why he would smile about something as devastating as the school shooting.
Many comments stated how people are crying, grieving and seeking legislation that will address school shootings and President Trump’s photos seem to lack any emotional connection to the victims.
What do you think of President Trump’s smiling and thumbs up photo shoot?