I waited all week since our new President’s address to the joint session of Congress to see the reaction to the only truly memorable moment of his otherwise vague and unrealistic speech. I waited for people to express outrage at the way Mr. Trump used Carryn Owens as a shameless public relations tool. This woman lost her husband in Trump’s first military action as President, a disaster that also took the lives of dozens of innocent women and children. while the Commander-in-Chief could not even be bothered to attend in the Situation Room.
But, no outrage emerged.
I presume that most Americans correctly chose to honor her loss in silence – an appropriate response.
However, I could not help but recall a similar situation at the end of 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. In the months following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, so-called “truthers” in the alt-right movement called the shooting a government conspiracy aimed at opening the way for stricter gun control laws. They decried liberals’ “use” of the victims of Newtown as shameless propaganda. Many of these same people, such as Alex Jones and others, are ardent supporters of our new President.
I cannot help but relive the sadness of every senseless loss of life from our gun culture when hypocrites take advantage of grieving family members for political gain.