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'Not looking good': How Trump has responded to mass shootings

President Trump speaks about the high school shooting in Texas from the East Room of the White House, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

Another mass shooting, another tweet from President Trump.

Shortly after news broke Friday that a shooting had occurred at a Texas high school, leaving at least eight students dead, the president followed a now familiar routine that he began before he took office, issuing a quick message to the nation via Twitter.

Many found the brief tweet jarring, especially as Trump had just issued two tweets attacking the FBI and Democrats over the Russia probe. In responding to ongoing tragedies, presidents have typically gone out of their way to express empathy with the victims and the broader community. Vice President Mike Pence issued such a response to the Friday shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.


Trump, by contrast, is known for his off-the-cuff responses to such events, although his staff may be involved in drafting some of his tweets.

When a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016, leaving 50 dead and another 53 wounded, Trump was criticized for taking credit for his views opposing Islamic terrorism.

The president tweeted about the Nov. 5, 2017, mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, while traveling abroad.

Nine days later, however, in an apparent response to a shooting at Rancho Tehama Elementary in Northern California, Trump fired off an odd tweet that read, “May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived.” That tweet was quickly deleted.

The morning after a gunman rained down bullets on an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Trump sent out a tweet aimed at the victims and their families.

It took Trump more than 36 hours to respond to a shooting at Marshall County High School in Kentucky that left two dead and injured 18 others.

On Feb. 14, following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Trump quickly tweeted out a message of support.

Four days later, however, another Trump tweet on what had transpired at Parkland drew the ire of survivors.

When a woman opened fire with a 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun at the Silicon Valley headquarters of YouTube, the president offered his “thoughts and prayers.”

Hours after his initial tweet about Friday’s shooting at Santa Fe High School, the president posted another tweet that included video of him speaking in greater depth about the the latest lives lost to gun violence.

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