As more information is getting released about President Donald Trump’s visit to two American cities where mass shootings occurred over the past weekend — beyond the official video that the chief executive’s staff edited and shared on social media — more and more individuals on social media are striking a critical tone about the president’s behavior and statements.
Trump lauded an individual, U.S. Army specialist Glendon Oakley, during his visit to El Paso on Wednesday. Oakley is being lauded as a hero for his fast thinking during the shooting, where he saw a group of children nearby, grabbing “as many as possible” to get them to safety. “I just did what I would want another person to do for my children,” Oakley explained later on, per reporting from CBS News.
Trump met with Oakley and other first responders to give his thanks and appreciation. He pointed out Oakley’s heroics, though the president never mentioned him by name.
“And, by the way, here is a great hero. This man — the job he did. You all know who it is. Everybody — the whole world knows who you are now, right?” Trump said, directing his words to Oakley.
“Yes sir,” he responded, per reporting from Yahoo! News.
Trump went on. “So you’ll be a movie star, the way you look. That’ll be — hey, that’ll be next. Who knows, right?”
Several on social media who were aware of the president’s comments called them puzzling, condescending, and patronizing.
And I'm sorry but does anyone else think his comments to the Army private in El Paso are patronizing? I mean saying "you'll be a movie star the way you look…" is just a weird thing to say to someone.
— East2West (@CarolynEast2) August 8, 2019
You shouldn’t point people out if you don’t know their names. Trump obviously does not know the names of hero PFC Oakley or El Paso Police Chief, Greg Allen. Thinking more about taking swipes at his opponents. (Sorry for poor sound). #ElPasoStrong #WeAreElPaso #ElPasoShooting pic.twitter.com/7TlinyXBS3
— M E S (@markesauve) August 8, 2019
Glendon Oakley is his name. He is courageous. A hero. Trump didn’t say the name while cameras were recording. pic.twitter.com/glorTXlIiA
— joan kunze (@madameshawshank) August 8, 2019
Here is a pic of National Hero Glendon Oakley. Trump forgot his name and never said it on tv. I’m sorry the pic isn’t the best. Glendon needs to know, America knows his name, and appreciates his courage in the face of an active shooter with an Assault Weapon! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ldAuC16BJA
— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) August 7, 2019
Criticisms over Trump’s behavior during his trips to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, this week were not limited to his comments with Oakley, either.
After his visit to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, a hospital worker who spoke with CNN about the president’s interactions said Trump had “an absence of empathy” during his time there.
Trump has also been criticized by individuals outside of the hospital setting for photographing with workers, law enforcement, and others while smiling and giving a thumbs-up signal, HillReporter.com previously reported, inappropriate gestures, many say, in the wake of two mass shooting disasters.