El Paso Victims Say No To Trump

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Daily Kos:

Donald Trump’s visit to El Paso was packaged with slick videos and pictures of a grinning Trump posing with medical staff. But one thing the White House will not be releasing pictures of is Trump with the shooting victims still being treated at University Medical Center—because none of the eight patients was willing to meet with him.

“This is a very sensitive time in their lives,” a hospital spokesman said. “Some of them said they didn’t want to meet with the president. Some of them didn’t want any visitors.” 

During this sensitive time in their lives, some have been willing to meet with elected officials, including Reps. Veronica Escobar and Jesús “Chuy” García, the latter of whom is from Illinois. But the president of these United States of America, not so much. Or maybe the objection was to meeting the man whose hateful rhetoric played a role in inspiring the shooter that put these people in the hospital to begin with.

Two shooting victims who had been released from the hospital did return to meet with Trump.

Bad video. But Trump apparently would have wanted it…