Commentators were quick to label Donald Trump's weak statement as "pitch perfect," and seemed to endorse the GOP strategy of not wanting to talk about guns in the wake of horrific gun rampages.
Donald Trump’s decision to leave out any mention of guns or gun violence in America in the wake of yet another horrific mass shooting earned him immediate plaudits from many media commentators.
Analysts on CNN seemed particularly impressed by Trump’s brief televised address, which conveyed very little sense of anger or outrage that the United States routinely, and uniquely, suffers through deadly rampages.
Specifically, Trump did not use his address to call for action or measures to prevent future mass shootings, the way he did following previous deadly shootings involving Islamic extremists.
Nonetheless, pundits announced Trump had struck the perfect chord by not mentioning gun violence, following the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history:
JOHN KING: As someone who covered the White House for 10 years, through two different presidents, who’s been in town for almost 30 years now, that was pitch perfect.
POPPY HARLOW: This is the time to bring the country together. That is exactly, John King, what the president did with those remarks. This is not a time for politics nor did he inject them at all into those remarks.
CNN White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny echoed King’s claim that Trump’s comments were “pitch perfect,” as did CNN’s political director, David Chalian: “It’s everything you’d want to hear from a president of the United States.” He added, “I agree with what John and Jeff were saying, this was certainly pitch perfect.”
CNN wasn’t alone. CBS News stressed that Trump’s guns-free message had been “uplifting.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 2, 2017
Bloomberg Businessweek Editor in Chief Megan Murphy stressed that Trump came across as “humble” and “religious” during his address, and that he appeared “shaken.”
And she even seemed to praise the fact that he left out any mention of guns, remarking that his statement was “notably devoid of the politics of guns.”
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) October 2, 2017
Republicans, in conjunction with the National Rifle Association, regularly insists that gun rampages are not the right time to talk about gun violence in America, or what legislatives actions might be taken to reduce the number of deaths.
Much of the corporate media seem to agree with that twisted idea.