Parkland Shooting Provided Welcome Distraction For Scandalous White House
This is a damn shame. While much of the country is still in mourning after 17 students and teachers were mercilessly gunned down at the Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, White House officials have found the shooting to be a reprieve from the negative attention they were receiving for a long list of scandals, ranging from domestic violence allegations about senior aide Rob Porter, to the Playboy centerfold accusing Trump of having extramarital affairs, as well as VA secretary David Shulkin charging taxpayers for his wife’s lavish travel, oh and lets not forget the FBI investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
The Washington Post spoke with a number of folks who confirmed the shooting served as a reprieve for Trump’s staffers, including one official who said the shooting forced the White House to focus on consoling the victims and trying to heal the nation… which probably puts the White House officials in a better light than they deserve.
“For everyone, it was a distraction or a reprieve,” said the White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reflect internal conversations. “A lot of people here felt like it was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just getting pummeled.”
The official likened the brief political calm to the aftermath of the October shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 dead and hundreds more injured. That tragedy united White House aides and the country in their shared mourning for the victims and their families.
“But as we all know, sadly, when the coverage dies down a little bit, we’ll be back through the chaos,” the official said.
Those sentiments were echoed by multiple GOP strategists including Michael Steel and Ron Bonjean:
“From an awful, cynical, purely political point of view, the tragic events in Florida probably helped the White House this week by distracting from the awful wave of scandal and bad news they have faced,” said Michael Steel, a Republican strategist.
“The national tragedy in Florida has really, for now, turned the page on some of these crises,” said Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist close to the White House. “They’re going to come back, but what it does do is give the White House a chance to collect itself and, if they can, organize a communications strategy and get their ducks in a row.”
The real question is whether this White House will EVER have their ducks in a row… And how disgusting and low have they stooped that a SCHOOL SHOOTING is a welcome reprieve and not a horrifying ordeal. This story only proves how low this White House is — that loss of life isn’t approached with the level of respect and human decency that it deserves.