Speaking from the White House on Monday, Donald Trump prayed for the wrong Ohio city in the wake of a weekend gun rampage. Reading prepared comments (that somebody else obviously wrote for him) from a teleprompter, Trump ended his uninspiring address by saying, “May God bless the memory of those who died in Toledo. May God protect them.” Of course, the shooting Trump referenced took place in Dayton, not Toledo. Yet against that backdrop of shame, CBS News quickly reported that Trump's speech was noteworthy and successful for all kinds of bogus reasons.
In a Twitter clip that has been viewed nearly 2 million times, CBS Evening News anchor Norah O'Donnell talked with White House reporter Weijia Jian. The two proceeded to give Trump credit for the comments he read off a teleprompter, and noted how quickly he supposedly condemned the attack.
JIAN: We had to wait some time in the past after similar instances. You'll remember in Charlottesville, after a white supremacy rally violence broke out, and initially the president said there were very fine people on both sides of the conflict. And after advisers, lawmakers, and Americans were in his ear urging him to condemn white supremacy, he did that ultimately. This is different, you are right. He immediately came out and said this country would not stand for it. He said they are outraged and sickened by this monstrous evil.
First off, Trump’s NRA-approved speech that CBS was so impressed with actually sounded like it was written by a gaggle of White House interns found wandering the hallways that morning. Perfunctory and often insipid, the address was the absolute least that Trump could have done as president. At a time of tragedy, when the nation turns to its leaders for words of wisdom and comfort, Trump offered up a jumbled word salad. (“Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.“)
Second, Trump did not “immediately” denounce white supremacy in the wake of the El Paso mass murder, which occurred on Saturday. Trump waited two entire days. And during those two days while the victims were being identified, Trump spent his time on Twitter complaining about China's trade policy and whining about how badly he was being treated by the press. Thirdly, that neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville didn't simply result in “violence”: A peaceful protester was murdered.
You can watch CBS News’ vapid take in the tweet below.