Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley speaks during a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. A masked gunman in body armor opened fire early Sunday in the popular entertainment district in Dayton, killing several people, including his sister, and wounding dozens before he was quickly slain by police, officials said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Consider the actions of Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. In anticipation of the President’s respectful arrival following a horrific mass murder, she encouraged the citizens of Ohio to engage in political protest.
Here’s what she had to say:
“I have lots of protesters all the time and even my friends protest me from time to time, so I’m glad that they’re using their right to give free speech comment. Look, I know that [Trump has] made this bed and he’s got to lie in it.”
To what “bed” was she referring? That of being relentlessly and unreasonably denigrated by Democratic politicians and media figures? Or was she suggesting he was somehow complicit in the mass killing which took nine lives and wounded more than two dozen?
“His rhetoric has been painful for many in our community. I think the people should stand up and say they’re not happy if they’re not happy that he’s coming.”
Regardless of the inference, it certainly wasn’t time to stoke the fires of dissension.
In the aftermath of the murders, the President offered his thoughts from the Diplomatic Reception Room:
“These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our communities, an attack upon our nation, and a crime against all of humanity. We are outraged and sickened by this monstrous evil, the cruelty, the hatred, the malice, the bloodshed, and the terror. Our hearts are shattered for every family whose parents, children, husbands, and wives were ripped from their arms and their lives. America weeps for the fallen.”
But that wasn’t good enough for Nan:
“I’m disappointed with his remarks, I mean, I think they fall really short. He mentioned, like, gun issues one time. I think watching the president over the past few years on the issues of guns, I don’t know if he knows what he believes, frankly.”
Trump had, in fact, reached out to the mayor on the day of the slayings and told her he’d be coming.
In his commentary immediately following the violence, he correctly read a scripted mistake referring to Toledo as the location of the slaughter.
Upon waiting for the Commander-in-Chief’s visit, she took a shot:
“I mean, I’ve heard that he’s coming Wednesday, but I’ve not gotten a call. And you know, he might be going to Toledo, I don’t know.”
Is this the best our leaders can do?
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