It’s almost as if Donald Trump has created an art of saying something you think is the dumbest thing ever – then – he’s able to top that within days or even hours.
Remember when 45 alluded to the mail bomber as “bomb stuff” and accused the media for highlighting it to slow enthusiasm for Republican voters? Well, now he’s blaming a Pittsburgh Synagogue for not having armed security guards that he claims would’ve stopped a mass shooting that just took place.
"If there was an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop him," he told reporters right outside of Air Force One.
Authorities say 11 people were killed, and at least six people are injured, including four police officers after a gunman stormed the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and opened fire. The FBI has taken over the investigation and has deemed the horrific incident a hate crime.
When asked if the shooting should spark a revisit to assessing gun laws, the president replied that the shooting "has little to do with it" and that an armed guard could have been able to stop the gunman "immediately." A suspect is in custody.
Social media, of course, went off and particularly pointed out that four police officers were shot. All four were armed.
Wow. Trump literally just blamed the Pittsburgh shooting on the members of the synagogue for not having more guns.— Shaun King (@shaunking) October 27, 2018
THE SHOOTER SHOT ARMED POLICE OFFICERS.
He had an AR-15 assault rifle. It is a WEAPON OF WAR.
This is a frequent comment from Trump after mass shootings -- suggesting more armed people could have averted the bloodshed, even though armed law enforcement officers are frequently already present (at Parkland, Pulse, FLL, Navy Yard). The gunman today shot 3 cops, officials say https://t.co/ZjU7FM0sbA— Mark Berman (@markberman) October 27, 2018
Trump wants gunmen armed w semi-automatic rifles in every single public place - every school, church, synagogue, shopping mall, restaurant.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 27, 2018
The rest of us want to keep dangerous weapons away from dangerous people.
His idea works in action movies. Our idea works in real life.
Yesterday Trump blamed Democrats and the media for being the victims of a bomber. Today he blames a synagogue for failing to have armed guards. He blames the victim, not the hate. https://t.co/snMuaWIQga— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) October 27, 2018
Trump laments antisemitism?— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) October 27, 2018
Yet, his hateful rhetoric against Muslims, attempts to ban them, & contempt for them, shared by his followers, simply because of their religion is ok?
NOTHING this man says about this tragedy is sincere. https://t.co/6f7SpRashp via @nbcnews
“Bring the death penalty into vogue” is one of the strangest phrases I’ve ever heard. Trump’s syntax and word choice often make no sense at all. And his call for armed guards inside synagogues — totally predictable NRA talking point.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) October 27, 2018
How sick that Trump’s first “policy” reaction was to suggest placing armed guards at synagogues and churches. More guns! More blaming victims! Second Amendment “solutions.” When unrestricted gun rights become a sacrament, our Constitution is perverted into a suicide pact. Enough!— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) October 27, 2018