Dem pollster admits Trump showed ‘presidential leadership’ in response to Parkland massacre, compares to Bush 9/11

The president’s actions in the wake of last week’s high school shooting have received praise even from some Democrats.

Democratic pollster John Zogby told the Washington Examiner that President Trump’s response displayed “leadership,” and compared it to George W. Bush’s megaphone speech after 9/11.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with state and local officials to discuss school safety in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“I think he rose to the moment in the same way,” Zogby commented.

“Anyone who thinks that Donald Trump is not good at politics does not see that he is the one who understands that these young people are not going to give up, that much is on the line than simple legislation, that above all they need to be heard and honored in this life-changing moment of grief,” he said.

Zogby, a former mayoral candidate, has previously censured the president for his alleged “racist rhetoric,” “crude misogyny,”  and “complete lack of diplomacy and decorum.”

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci).

But now Zogby spoke highly of President Trump’s conduct at two consecutive White House meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, in which he deliberated solutions to the issue of gun violence on American school campuses.

“In his notes, Mr. Trump wrote ‘I hear you’ — the same magical words President George W. Bush shouted into a megaphone in NYC after 9/11. His legislative package may not yet be enough for some but it fosters even more conversation among a group of young people who want to believe someone can help them. Say what you want about Donald Trump — and readers know I do not hesitate — this is presidential leadership.”

President Bush stands with firefighter Bob Beckwith on a burnt fire truck in front of the World Trade Center during a tour of the devastation, Friday, Sept. 14, 2001. Other people in photo are undentified. (AP Photo/Doug Mills).

The president has proposed curbing school shootings by arming qualified teachers, expanding the federal background check system, banning “bump fire stocks,” and raising the age for purchasing AR-15-style rifles to 21.

A Zogby Analytics poll from last November found that 58 percent of Americans believe they should always “be guaranteed their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

Another Zogby poll found that Americans largely agree with President Trump’s recent proposals.

The president has said “there is nothing more important than protecting our children.”

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