Patti Davis, one of former President Ronald Reagan’s daughters, urged Americans in a Washington Post op-ed to stop turning to President Trump for comfort after tragedies because his actions following a deadly week of political violence show he “will always be glib and inappropriate” when the country is suffering.
“This president will never offer comfort, compassion or empathy to a grieving nation,” she wrote following Saturday’s Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, which claimed 11 lives and injured several others. “It’s not in him. … So I have a wild suggestion: Let’s stop asking him. His words are only salt in our wounds.”
Trump condemned the act as “evil,” but Davis writes that “the word doesn’t hold much meaning coming from him.”
“He has also called Democrats, others who oppose him and the news media evil,” she writes.
Davis also calls out Trump for joking that he nearly canceled an event due to a “bad hair day” after declining to cancel it over the shooting and for tweeting about the World Series hours after the attack.
“Where does a grieving nation turn for comfort when the man who occupies the White House offers none?” Davis asks.
Davis urged Americans to turn to words of past presidents, including her father, former President George W. Bush and former President Barack Obama. They all “spoke eloquently, with somber compassion and with reverence for the pain of the victims and the shock of a saddened country” after tragedies.
“Our grief was reflected in their eyes,” she writes. “We didn’t doubt that their hearts were breaking along with ours.”