In January, two people were killed and 18 were injured during a school shooting in Benton, Kentucky. The social media response was tepid at best; signs of a public finally exhausted after years of reacting to almost-daily tragedies. That changed last Wednesday.
After a man drove a truck onto a Manhattan bike path on Halloween killed eight people, President Trump tweeted he had ordered Homeland Security to increase its “Extreme Vetting Program.”
When asked on Tuesday if Trump would increase extreme vetting of gun owners after twenty-six year old Devin Kelley carried out a mass shooting on a Texas church resulting in the deaths of 26 people, Trump attacked… Chicago:
Days after his inauguration, Donald Trump issued an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. The Muslim Ban was the first major policy Trump enacted rooted in fear and bigotry. His decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is just his latest action marinated in hate.
Like the Trump administration’s previously themed weeks, “Made in America” failed to take the media by storm, concluding with the President’s Mar-a-Lago Club applying for 70 additional visas for foreign workers. However, it was another failure which overshadowed the White House’s attempt to control the media narrative: Donald Trump’s negotiating of health care reform.
On Saturday, London became the latest city to face another terror attack. A white van drove down the London Bridge around 10 p.m. GMT, hitting several pedestrians. Three men armed with knives exited the van, attacking civilians in the Borough Market area. Police quickly responded, killing the suspects within ten minutes of the men leaving the vehicle. As of this writing, 7 people are dead and 48 are wounded.
It was a horrific event which President Trump would exploit to spread fear, push his Muslim ban, and attack the mayor of London.
How bad have the last two weeks been for the Trump administration? Even if zero evidence of collusion is found between Donald Trump and Russia regarding the 2016 election, he could still find himself between a rock and a hard place. Or as one senior official told The Daily Beast: “I don’t see how Trump isn’t completely fucked.”