Reporters decided it would be a great demonstration of journalism to shout questions about a deadly shooting to the president of the United States across the White House lawn.
"Can you please talk to us about the dead reporters in Annapolis?"
“Do you have any words of condolence for the families, Mr. President?”
"Why are you walking away?"
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 28, 2018
If you did not hear the news, at least five people are dead after a shooter opened fire at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.
'WHAT THE HELL'? Capital Gazette shooting story takes 'BIZARRE turn' with this report on suspect https://t.co/JdD5z90NXk
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 28, 2018
What exactly was President Trump supposed to turn around and tell the assembled reporters at that moment? Had he done something to that effect, it would have been characterized as even more inappropriate.
Listen to this unhinged mob.
They don't want his reaction, which he already made public. They want to grandstand in the wake of a horrific massacre and still-unfolding investigation.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 28, 2018
The guy screaming in this video sounds like it’s CNN analyst Brian Karem. pic.twitter.com/zSHBd4ysUC
— Ryan Saavedra ?? (@RealSaavedra) June 28, 2018
There is something else wrong with the assertion that he had no reaction. He DID react in a tweet earlier in the day.
He had already released a statement. https://t.co/gaiFlHQNdx
— Matt Murphy (@mattmurphyshow) June 28, 2018
And here is that tweet.
Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2018
There is, of course, nothing wrong with members of the media asking the president questions, but this is an insensitive and inappropriate way of making a point. The reporters in this video are using tragic deaths to further a media-contrived narrative about Trump.