Children across the country are terrified of returning to school in the wake of multiple mass shootings, but Trump has no idea why they would need to be comforted.
On Friday, Trump was asked to address children's concerns about being shot as they head back to school for the fall in the wake of a weekend of mass shootings.
But Trump seemed not to understand why kids are increasingly anxious about their safety at school and could not muster any words of comfort.
"Go and really study hard and someday you'll grow up and maybe be president of the United States or do something else that's fantastic," Trump said. "They have nothing to fear. They have nothing to worry about."
The casual dismissal of children's concerns stood in stark contrast to the bone-chilling death toll of mass shootings.
In addition to shootings like the ones that took place in El Paso and Dayton less than a week ago, schools have been on the front lines of America's mass shooting epidemic.
There have been over 230 school shootings since the 1999 massacre at Columbine and the death toll continues to grow:
- 20 students — all children under 7 years old — were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.
- 12 students were shot and killed at Columbine High School.
- 17 students were shot and killed at Stoneman Douglas High.
- 8 students were shot and killed at Umpqua Community College.
Even if children "study hard," as Trump said, they could still be murdered in what is supposed to be one of the safest places in their lives. But Trump apparently doesn't understand why they would be afraid and has no idea what to say to them.
Published with permission of The American Independent.