Donald Trump held a White House listening session in which a series of heartfelt stories and pleas for change were told during the meeting Wednesday with people affected by some of the nation’s highest-profile deadly school shootings, including the most recent school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead, including children. For once in his life, Trump appeared to be listening as each person spoke.
A revealing photo taken by the Associated Press during the White House listening session on gun violence shows Trump’s notes for the event.
“What would you most want me to know about your experience?” read the top handwritten line on the card. The last line on the card was, “I hear you.”
That’s right, Trump literally needed a note to tell mass shooting survivors that he hears them.
President Donald Trump holds notes during a White House listening session with students and parents affected by school shootings. (AP Photo by Carolyn Kaster) pic.twitter.com/Z0lZbSVaoF
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) February 21, 2018
Twitter users found that odd, too, probably because it is.
You’d like to think that was a gimme that no one needed to write down, especially for a “listening session.” Sheesh.
— It’s coming. (@mimilahr) February 21, 2018
I’m having trouble realizing this IS reality.
— Danny #NeverAgain Pumpelly (@DannyPKC) February 21, 2018
something you would have to keep reminding a psychopath
— Lawrence Connolly (@LawrenceConnol2) February 21, 2018
Lordy. If he only had a heart and wasn’t a sociopath he wouldn’t need empathy flash cards. If only we could get him to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
— Propane Jane™ (@docrocktex26) February 21, 2018
Pretty sad he needs to be told to say this pic.twitter.com/Tl4u4aolk3
— renegade (@renegadeDA) February 21, 2018
— Kesse Blundell (@BlundellKesse) February 21, 2018
Trump is a crisis actor.
— Jeff Tiedrich (@jefftiedrich) February 21, 2018
your notes when you are prepped on how to appear even remotely human
— Courtney (@CourtRetort) February 21, 2018
Trump really wasn’t listening. After hearing the pleas from grieving parents, Trump is now floating the idea of arming teachers in an effort to prevent future school shootings, despite the fact that he slammed ‘Crooked Hillary’ in 2016 when he claimed that she said he would arm teachers.
Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images.