Trump calls out Sen. Brown and Dayton mayor for ‘misrepresenting’ his visit with Ohio shooting victims

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After President Donald Trump met with surviving members of the Dayton shooting this Wednesday, he went on a Twitter tear accusing Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley of misrepresenting what had occurred during the meeting.

Following the meeting, Brown and Whaley held a press conference. While the two admittedly reportedly praised Trump at first for being “comforting” and doing “the right things,” they went on to politicize the tragedy and talk trash about Trump’s allegedly “racist” and “divisive” past rhetoric.

“I’m very concerned about a president that divides with his rhetoric and plays to race in his rhetoric and is racist,” Brown said.

“A lot of the time, his talk can be very divisive,” Whaley added.

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It’s possible that the president interpreted these criticisms as them saying that he’d acted “racist” and “divisive” during his meeting with the victims of the Dayton shooting.

And so in what appeared to be an attempt to disprove this narrative, the president and the White House shared images to Twitter that showed him bonding with the victims.

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White House social media director Dan Scavino likewise released a statement.

“Very SAD to see Ohio Senator Brown, & Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley – LYING & completely mischaracterizing what took place w/ the President’s visit to Miami Valley Hospital today,” he tweeted.

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“They are disgraceful politicians, doing nothing but politicizing a mass shooting, at every turn they can….The President was treated like a Rock Star inside the hospital, which was all caught on video. They all loved seeing their great President!”

The president’s allies also drew attention to an Instagram post published by one of the doctors at the hospital where Trump had visited with the victims.

“I had the honor of serving my community during one of it’s worse tragedies,” the post reads. “It was the hardest shift of my career as an ER Doc, but I would do it all over again as it is my duty and privilege to save the lives of my community. I show up everyday for work not for the thanks or recognition but because I love touching people’s lives at their worst moments.”

The President of the United States came to Dayton’s Level 1 Trauma Center to thank the police, fire, ems, and emergency dept staff. This was not about politics; it was about providing a step towards healing during this terrible tragedy. Thank You Mr. President and First Lady for taking the time to touch the lives of our first responders and front line hospital staff! Thank you for your calming voice during this time of hate and turmoil. Thank you for your gratitude to those of us that gave everything that awful night.

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I had the honor of serving my community during one of it’s worse tragedies. It was the hardest shift of my career as an ER Doc, but I would do it all over again as it is my duty and privilege to save the lives of my community. I show up everyday for work not for the thanks or recognition but because I love touching people’s lives at their worst moments. The President of the United States came to Dayton’s Level 1 Trauma Center to thank the police, fire, ems, and emergency dept staff. This was not about politics; it was about providing a step towards healing during this terrible tragedy. Thank You Mr. President and First Lady for taking the time to touch the lives of our first responders and front line hospital staff! Thank you for your calming voice during this time of hate and turmoil. Thank you for your gratitude to those of us that gave everything that awful night. #potus #donaldtrump #firstlady #daytonpolice #daytonohio #thinblueline #thinredline #daytonfiredepartment #premierhealth #traumacemter #miamivalleyhospital #erdr #errn #nurse #republican #democrat #surgeon #traumasurgeon #secretservice #whitehouse #congressman #govenor #mayor #senator #emergencyroom #emergencymedicine

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham also responded.

“What I saw those two saying on TV immediately after we left was not what I saw in that hospital,” she said to CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond. “The victims, families, medical staff and first responders were so happy to have their President and First Lady there. I just don’t know why that can’t be acknowledged. It’s disgusting.”

Later Wednesday afternoon, the president issued a more formal statement, saying to reporters, “I turn on the television and there they are saying, ‘I don’t know if it was appropriate for the president to be here,’” he said. “Et cetera, et cetera, the same old line. They’re very dishonest people.”

Vivek Saxena

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