We previously reported that most of the patients at the University Medical Center of El Paso who were recovering from the recent mass shooting declined to meet with Donald Trump. As it turns out, they all declined, with some of them wanting no visitors and others specifically saying they didn’t want to see the President.
In order to get his desired photo op, Trump had two victims return to the hospital after they had already been discharged, including the two-month-old baby who was orphaned after his parents died shielding him from the massacre that claimed 22 lives.
Here’s the video of CNN reporting that Trump forced that now-orphaned baby, whose parents died shielding him during the mass shooting, to come back to the hospital for a Trump publicity event after the other victims refused to meet him. pic.twitter.com/CKDlxa8xMz
— John Aravosis ???????? (@aravosis) August 8, 2019
Not only did Trump make a baby travel to a hospital for a photo op, he is being criticized for the photo due to the fact that he is smiling and giving a thumbs-up in the actual photo.
Many consider this to be in bad taste considering the sad nature of babies orphaned by mass shootings.
This baby was recently orphaned by a terrorist who parroted some of Trump’s rhetoric. His parents died trying to shield him. I’ve don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who would think the appropriate response would be flashing a smile and thumbs up. Something is wrong with him. pic.twitter.com/xSIGyIZ4tg— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) August 9, 2019
The baby’s uncle, who is standing next to Trump in the photo, is a supporter of the President and therefore willingly brought the baby to the photo op. This may have been a risky move for the child considering the fact that hospitals tend to contain sick people and young babies are very vulnerable to airborne pathogens.
The uncle, Tito Anchondo, does however seem to have some negative feelings about the things Trump has said in the past.
“I want to see [Trump’s] reaction in person,” he told NPR. “I want to see if he’s genuine and see if my political views are right or wrong. And see if he feels maybe some kind of remorse for statements that he’s made. I just want to have a human-to-human talk with him and see how he feels.”
Some of the workers at the University Medical Center seemed to think Trump did not show remorse, nor did he show other emotions that would have been appropriate for the situation, displaying what one hospital official called an “absence of empathy.”
A hospital official tells CNN Trump showed “an absence of empathy” during his visit to El Paso. Also, Trump and FLOTUS both met baby who was shielded by parents who died in the shooting. The baby was brought back to the hospital to see the president. More on @CNNSitRoom tonight.— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 8, 2019
The White House press pool was reportedly not allowed to accompany the President to either of his visits to hospitals in El Paso or Dayton, Ohio, because it wasn’t supposed to look like a publicity stunt. However, the White House took and released its own photos of the visits, including the one with the orphaned baby.
Many individuals on Twitter are having difficulty expressing just how angry they are about all of this.
This is a photo of Trump grinning while Melania holds a baby orphaned by the shooting. A baby who was taken from home and forced to serve as a prop at a photo-op for the very monster whose hate killed her/his parents.— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) August 9, 2019
I would need 280,000 characters to say how furious I am. pic.twitter.com/4umSc9BQHu
This nightmare photo, apparently of Donald and Melania Trump posing with the child whose parents were killed as they used their bodies to shield their baby from the mass killer whom Trump’s rhetoric inspired, is not on front pages today. pic.twitter.com/UEx9LyxCpX— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) August 9, 2019
AIDE: The baby’s parents were murdered in the El Paso shooting.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) August 9, 2019
TRUMP: Got it.
AIDE: This has to be a solemn photo.
TRUMP: Of course.
AIDE: No smiling and NO THUM—
TRUMP: Would you relax? I get it.
This truly macabre photo shows a grinning Donald Trump — with a smiling Melania at his side — giving a thumbs-up w/ a baby whose parents were shot dead in the El Paso white supremacist terror attack THAT TRUMP INSPIRED. Tells you all you need to know about this heartless couple. pic.twitter.com/kA4Fkws8Vs— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) August 9, 2019
Using a baby for a photo op is an absolutely disgusting, unthinkable thing to do. We know Trump is vile and abnormal, but is his entire damn staff also vile and abnormal? (Yeah, I know the answer.) And why did anyone cooperate with this horrendous stunt? https://t.co/cDtLpHGkOH— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) August 9, 2019
This is the baby whose parents were murdered in El Paso, shielding him from bullets. Trump brought him back to the hospital so he could take a photo wirh the orphan as a prop, grinning with a thumbs up.#Evil pic.twitter.com/BczpnXVg2I— Erik Halvorsen (@erikhalvorsen18) August 9, 2019
THE BABY’S PARENTS WERE MURDERED BY THE SHOOTER AND TRUMP’S GRINNING AND GIVING A THUMBS UP pic.twitter.com/jI67poPwUr
— Nolan Zugernat (@NolanZugernat) August 9, 2019
Baby Paul reportedly suffered some broken fingers from a fall, but is doing fine.