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Trump Blasts Biden Following Uvalde Massacre, Takes Swipe at Abbott As Well

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Former President Donald Trump tore into President Joe Biden during his keynote address to the National Rifle Association’s annual convention that began in Houston Friday regarding the tragic mass murder of 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas, earlier in the week.

“Sadly, before the sun had even said on the horrible day of tragedy we witnessed a now-familiar parade of cynical politicians seeking to exploit the tears of sobbing families to increase their own power and take away our constitutional rights,” Trump began.

“Every time a disturbed or demented person commits such a hideous crime, there’s always a grotesque effort. by someone in our society to use the suffering of others to advance their own extreme political agenda,” he noted further, going on to call out Biden by name.

“When Joe Biden blamed the gun lobby, he was talking about Americans like you. Along with countless other Democrats this week, he was shamefully suggesting that Republicans are somehow okay with letting school shootings happen,” he said.

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“This rhetoric is highly divisive and dangerous, and, most importantly, it’s wrong. Has no place in our politics. As always, in the wake of these tragedies, the various gun control policies being pushed by the left would have done nothing to prevent the horror that took place,” Trump continued. “Absolutely nothing. Unfortunately, ever since Columbine, we’ve been afflicted by a contagion of school shootings carried out by deeply evil, violent and mentally disturbed young men.

“While we don’t yet know enough about this week’s killing, we know there are many things we must do,” he added. “We need to drastically change our approach to mental health. There are always so many warning signs. Almost all of these disfigured minds share the same profile.

“Teachers, parents, school officials, and community members need to be recognizing and addressing these alarm bells promptly and very, very aggressively. And our school discipline systems, instead of making excuses and continually turning a blind eye, need to confront bad behavior head-on and quickly. And clearly, we need to make it far easier to confine the violent and mentally deranged into mental institutions,” Trump noted further.

At one point, Trump appeared to take a small swipe at Gov. Greg Abbott (R) who was scheduled to address the convention but canceled this week following the massacre and sent a video message instead.

“I’m honored to be here in the great state of Texas with the wonderful patriots of the NRA,” he said. “And unlike some, I did not disappoint you by not showing up. You gotta show up,” Trump added.

As he began his speech, the former president read off the names of each of the 21 victims and criticized the expenditure of trillions of dollars on never-ending wars and foreign aid while Congress fails to address beefing up security at the nation’s public schools.

“If the United States has $40 billion to send to Ukraine, we should be able to do whatever it takes to keep our children safe at home,” said Trump. “We spent trillions in Iraq, trillions in Afghanistan, and got nothing. Before we nation-build the rest of the world, we should be building safe schools for our own children in our own nation. Right?”

Details are still being learned regarding the tragedy, but already some reports point to substantial lapses in security procedures and police response protocols.

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Mike Baker, a national correspondent for The New York Times, listed several of these in a Twitter thread posted on Friday.

“I have spent the past few days researching the training of Uvalde officers, including the tactics they were expected to use to halt school shooters. The documents are jarring,” the thread began.

“In the past two years, the Uvalde school district has hosted at least two active-shooter training days. One of them was just two months ago. The trainings included both classroom teachings and role-playing scenarios inside school hallways,” he added.

The Uvalde training session 2 months ago relied on guidelines that give explicit expectations for officers responding to an active shooter,” Baker continued, adding: “The training is clear: Time is of the essence. The ‘first priority is to move in and confront the attacker.'”

According to several reports, police who responded first waited outside for as long as 30-60 minutes.

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