Donald Trump. What can you say at this point?
The President spent virtually all of last week regaling America with his laughable “plan” for protecting school children from mass murderers (who in some cases are themselves school children).
That “plan” revolves primarily around arming “gun adept” teachers, training those who aren’t “gun adept” so that they can be armed, and then paying them a bonus to tote their brand new, taxpayer-funded firearms to the classroom.
Much like everything Trump says, if you didn’t know it was true you’d think it was a joke. But no, Trump actually believes that the best way to make schools safe is to increase the number of guns inside by a factor of however many “weapons talented” teachers there are.
You can read my full take on that here, but suffice to say it’s insane for a laundry list of reasons, all of which are obvious to everyone but Trump.
Well if you were following along last week, you knew it was just a matter of time before the President “went there” by explaining what he would have done had he been on the scene.
That eventuality was assured when news broke that some of the area deputies didn’t act like Navy SEALs when the shooting started.
I’m not going to weigh in at length on the extent to which it constitutes “cowardice” for a local officer not to charge headlong into the barrel of a AR-15, but I would gently suggest that there is a reason why Sheriff’s deputies become Sheriff’s deputies as opposed to say, Delta Force operators.
I mean obviously you have to protect children at all costs so no, there is no excuse, but give me a fucking break. Is everyone suddenly mystified as to why we sent DEVGRU to kill Osama bin Laden and not 12 Florida Sheriff’s deputies?
Yes, a team of angry SEALs would have eliminated the threat at that school with extreme prejudice, but see that’s the thing about schools in America – they are not supposed to be Mogadishu. There is something wrong here that goes beyond the deputies.
This would be like a wild tiger mauling 17 people to death at a corporate luncheon and then instead of everyone asking what the fuck a wild tiger was doing at a luncheon in the first place, asking why Jill the secretary who had pepper spray in her purse didn’t try to subdue an apex predator by macing it in the eyeballs.
Anyway, one person who would have definitely charged into the building and subdued the assailant with his bare hands is Donald Trump.
Here’s what he actually said on Monday at a meeting with state governors at the White House:
I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon.
And I think most of the people in this room would have done that, too.
Give me a fucking break. Donald Trump received four draft deferments during the Vietnam War for being a college student and later a fifth deferment for bone spurs in his heels.
He’s been lampooned for that on any number of occasions by people who actually went to war including John McCain and notably, Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and woman who lost her legs after the Black Hawk she was flying was hit by an RPG. She has a fun nickname for the President: “Cadet Bone Spurs”:
We don't live in a dictatorship or a monarchy. I swore an oath—in the military and in the Senate—to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, not to mindlessly cater to the whims of Cadet Bone Spurs and clap when he demands I clap https://t.co/99gW1yalDl
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) February 6, 2018
So just to be clear, there is exactly zero chance that Donald Trump would have run into that school, let alone run in without being armed.
Of course to be fair, it’s hard to run when you’ve got “bone spurs.”