Trump spots a miracle

Trump says what happened in Las Vegas was a miracle.

“Look, we have a tragedy. What happened is, in many ways, a miracle,” Trump said as he departed the White House for a trip to Puerto Rico on Tuesday morning. “The police department, they’ve done such an incredible job. And we’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes on. But I do have to say, how quickly the police department was able to get in was really very much of a miracle. They’ve done an amazing job.”

But if you’re going to go for a miracle, it would have been a better miracle to jam all the guy’s guns, or swap the bullets for blanks. It’s not much of a miracle to let him kill 59 people and injure more than 500 and then get the police there in a hurry.

We don’t always have to find a Good News story. What happened Sunday night was not a Good News story. There were no miracles. There was a bad man with an armory of guns in his hotel room.

Despite the historic number of people killed, Trump has repeatedly stressed that the shooting could have been even worse.

“I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts, and for helping to save the lives of so many,” Trump said in the hours after the shooting on Monday. “The speed with which they acted is miraculous and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about.”

Nonsense. The shooter’s room filled with smoke from the guns, which set off the fire alarm, which told the cops where he was. It’s not miraculous and not something to be particularly grateful for. I mean yeah it’s better that they stopped him as opposed to just saying “Nah, we’re on break,” but it’s not a bright side of what happened. There is no fucking bright side.

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