Trump says he could have taken the Florida shooter unarmed

As America reels from yet another school shooting, US President Donald Trump has once again gone off the rails.

His latest goof is a whopper, up there with some of his biggest.

First, it was discovered that Trump had a handwritten cheat sheet at a listening session held with students recently. Having the sheet isn’t so bad on its own, but the fact that one of his notes was “I hear you” isn’t great.

What kind of person needs to remind himself to hear people at a listening session?

Next, Trump came up with the brilliant idea of arming teachers. The idea is stupid on every level. He is now saying America should arm 20% of them, which still amounts to up to 700,000 teachers packing heat.

Let’s just arm everyone because the answer to gun violence is always more guns. We are in the wrong timeline, aren’t we? Please tell me we are.

The latest is this: Trump says that if he were at the South Florida High School where 17 students and teachers were murdered, he would have run in, even if he was unarmed.

“You don’t know until you test it, but I think, I really believe I would have run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon,” Trump reportedly said at a meeting with US governors about school safety.

Trump also said he was “frankly disgusted” by the performance of law enforcement officials who didn’t do enough to stop the shooter.

Considering what we know about Trump, the odds of him running in aren’t good.

Firstly, he is known for being a germaphobe who is afraid of blood. In 2008 Trump told Howard Stern that if he sees blood he’s “gone” and that he watched a man bleed to death and turned away.

“So what happens is, this guy falls off right on his face, hits his head, and I thought he died. And you know what I did? I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s disgusting,’ and I turned away,” Trump said.

“I didn’t want to touch him… he’s bleeding all over the place, I felt terrible. You know, beautiful marble floor, didn’t look like it. It changed colour. Became very red.”

Secondly, there is the case of Trump’s military career. According to The New York Times, Trump deferred five times from the Vietnam draft – once for bone spurs and four times for college.

So a man who is afraid of blood and did everything he could to avoid serving his country is going to run in and stop a shooter unarmed? Hmmmm.

Because it is the year 2018 and words have no meaning, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later clarified what the President meant.

“I think he was just stating that as a leader, he would have stepped in and hopefully been able to help. As a number of the individuals that were in the school — the coach and other adults and even a lot of the students — stepped up and helped protect other students,” she said.

You heard her. “Run in” now means “stepped up as a leader”, folks. Also, cats are dogs, golf is now basketball and up is down. Welcome to Trump’s America.

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