As President Donald Trump traveled between Dayton, Ohio, where he met Wednesday with shooting survivors, first responders, and medical staff at Miami Valley Hospital, and El Paso, Texas, the site of another deadly shooting that claimed the lives of 22 people, the president logged on to Twitter to launch personal attacks at former Vice President Joe Biden.
According to the president’s social media director, Dan Scavino Jr., Trump spent about two hours with the survivors of the downtown Dayton shooting that left nine dead and dozens more injured.
“The President was treated like a Rock Star inside the hospital, which was all caught on video,” Scavino bragged on Twitter about his visit with survivors. “They all loved seeing their great President!”
Apparently unmoved by his visit as he flew from Dayton to El Paso, Trump returned to criticizing Democrats on Twitter.
Trump said he was watching footage of former vice president Joe Biden delivering remarks in Iowa and proclaimed the speech “Sooo Boring!”
“Watching Sleepy Joe Biden making a speech. Sooo Boring! The LameStream Media will die in the ratings and clicks with this guy. It will be over for them, not to mention the fact that our Country will do poorly with him. It will be one big crash, but at least China will be happy!” he tweeted.
Trump appears to be deeply affected by his trip to El Paso https://t.co/ngSeC3H4Ds
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) August 7, 2019
Biden on Wednesday blamed President Trump for several high-profile incidents of racial violence in the U.S., accusing the president of inspiring deadly hate crimes by embracing white nationalist extremism and unleashing “the deepest, darkest forces in this nation.”
“We have a problem with this rising tide of white supremacy in America and we have a president who encourages it and emboldens it,” Biden said.
“How far is it from Trump saying this is an invasion, to the shooter in El Paso saying ‘this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas?’ How far apart are those comments?” Biden asked.
“I don’t think that far at all,” he continued. “In both clear language and in code, this president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation.”
Biden also said Trump has “more in common with George Wallace than George Washington.”
Is the president… tweeting this from Air Force One while flying between Dayton and El Paso? That's what his public schedule suggests… https://t.co/X0O1fF7XOA
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) August 7, 2019
Two notes on Trump's tweet hitting Biden:
1. He sent the tweet in between visits to the victims of two separate mass shootings
2. He told reporters this morning that he "would like to stay out of the political fray."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 7, 2019
Just to add context, this tweet was sent in the time between visiting victims of a mass shooting in Dayton this morning and victims of a mass shooting in El Paso this afternoon.
So this is what's going through his head during that time.
Think about that. https://t.co/pViNvPG8dV
— Sam Lillo (@splillo) August 7, 2019