On Christmas morning, a camp trailer exploded in downtown Nashville causing a fair degree of destruction. The media has been slow to call the perpetrator, Anthony Quinn Warner, a suicide bomber. Also controversial has been Donald Trump’s complete and utter lack of response to the crime.
Kasie Hunt is filling in as host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe this week. She led a panel discussion over the White House response to the incident. At one point, Hunt asked, “has he just stopped being president?”
The host posed the question to reporter Jonathan Lemire. He replied:
“In many ways he has. We haven’t heard from him on the virus in weeks and he’s not offered a word of sympathy or even thanks to those who responded to the blast in Nashville, and the governor of Tennessee said he’s heard from the White House who offered resources of support, and the mayor of Nashville said he had not heard anything from President Trump. This sort of fits into a pattern where we often don’t hear from the president after matters of domestic terror, when he has been so quick, however, as both candidate and chief executive to do speak out when it’s more of a perhaps an international incident. What do you make of this? Why do you think the president has yet again remained silent on this? Is it simply he isn’t president anymore?”
Panelist Elise Jordan also weighed in, “I wish that, you know, to be that narcissistic and just have the lack of empathy where you could have so many people dying every day from coronavirus and you could have a suicide bomber explode in downtown Nashville and yet not bat an eyelash, not worry at all and just go along playing golf and making your videos about how great you are and rage tweeting, it just really is incredible.”
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