Earlier today, I criticized President Trump over his morning tweet in response to the Las Vegas shooting. I was wrong to jump to conclusions.
This morning, everyone was raw, emotional, and in many cases, numb. I suppose the president was searching for words that would soothe, in 140 characters, as the whole world waited for his tweet. He missed the mark, but I overreacted.
Trump’s well-crafted speech just now hit the right tone. He quoted Scripture. He called evil, evil. He cast no blame and only reassured those who were affected by the attack. He was, in a word, presidential, and in another word, compassionate.
Speaking from the White House, Trump also announced that he will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday, when he will meet with first responders, law enforcement officials and the families of victims.
This was the best Trump, The considered, calm and–well, coached–Trump (hat-tip to Gabriella Hoffman for that) is the man at his best. The itchy-trigger-finger, early-morning tweet Trump is him at his worst.
I was consumed with reporting a terrible, awful story this morning, and Trump at his worst hit me at my most vulnerable, and I pounced. I do wish the president would be a bit more considered and less of a hip-shooter on social media, but he made up for it in this morning’s appearance.
Trump gives a tone appropriate speech and Hillary goes here. https://t.co/W3CE5usRan
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) October 2, 2017
Whoever wrote Trump’s speech did a heck of a job. By far the most empathetic words i’ve ever heard from him.
— Jamie Tworkowski (@jamietworkowski) October 2, 2017
I said on FBN that the Trump speech was eloquent, calling attack evil, urging unity, talking about love, prayer, not a scintilla of politics
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) October 2, 2017
Maybe we should all take a few breaths before we pounce next time.