Days after two madmen opened fire on innocent people, killing 31 in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania jetted to both cities. They grieved with mourners and encouraged first responders, medical personnel, and survivors that there is hope beyond tragedy.
In Dayton, Air Force One landed at Wright-Patterson, where the president and first lady were greeted by Republican Governor Mike DeWine, Mayor Nan Whaley (D), and Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH). The president spoke briefly and quietly with gathered politicians from both sides of the aisle but didn’t address journalists. The Trump entourage went to Miami Valley Hospital to meet with the injured and those heroes responsible for saving many more lives than were lost.
Hospital officials voiced that Trump was well-received and Mike Uhl, hospital president, praised the president for not discussing policy or politics. “All comments were focused on the patients and their healing. No other agenda was discussed.”
Now, if only the few ungrateful, unhinged, and hate-filled radicals on the left in El Paso could see the forest through the trees: It’s not about Trump.
After a few hours in Dayton, the Trumps headed to the West Texas town of El Paso – where 22 people lost their lives to a mentally unstable, racist young man bent on displaying his own self loathing in the most public and harmful way possible.
As in Dayton, the president and first lady met with survivors, their families, first responders, and medical personnel, offering encouragement and listening to stories of selflessness and heroism. One such story is of a married couple killed while shielding one another to protect their infant son. Andre Anchondo and his wife, Jordan, lost their lives and leave behind three children. Andre’s brother, Tito, brought the child back to the hospital for Trump’s visit, saying he wanted to see for himself if the president was “genuinely” affected by the nation’s tragedies. It was a positive and heartfelt meeting according to Tito. But what happened in the hours following the visit has the young brother rattled.
Upon posting photos of the visits on Twitter, the trending photos of the baby and family posing with the president prompted Tito’s family to be the recipients of death threats, calls filled with violent promises, and criticism.
“People need to know what our feelings are as a family. My brother was very supportive of Trump. We’ve always been Republican conservatives in our family,” Tito explained to reporters angling for a condemnation of the president. As he told the Houston Chronicle, “We should be coming together as a country at this time instead of threatening each other with hate messages.”
Unfortunately, the radical left wing in the country care not for the anguish, the pain, the hopelessness that their fellow Americans are experiencing. To many, it’s yet another excuse to hop on the soap box and rail erratically, falsely accusing anyone who might disagree, and brow beat until a conformist is born.
But Tito Anchondo has set the record straight: “He was just there as a human being, consoling us and giving us condolences. Is it that hard to try and understand that a family is trying to not be sad at a moment like this?”