Mother Of School Shooting Victim: Meeting Trump Was Like ‘Talking To a Toddler’
Army Veteran Rhonda Hart, the mother of a Texas school shooting victim, said that in a recent meeting with families, President Trump behaved like a toddler and repeatedly suggested arming teachers as a way to combat school shootings.
Trump met Thursday with more than two dozen people affected by the shooting, which left 10 people dead and more than a dozen injured last month.
The meeting was not open to reporters, but Rhonda Hart, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in the shooting, told the Associated Press about the content of the meeting.
The president “kept mentioning” the idea of arming teachers, and that he repeatedly referred to the suspected shooter and the trench coat he wore as “wacky,” Hart told the AP.
“Maybe if everyone had access to mental health care, we wouldn’t be in the situation,” she said she told the president.
Hart added that she suggested employing veterans in schools to serve as guards, and that he responded, “and arm them?”
“It was like talking to a toddler,” she said.
Gun violence activists criticized Trump ahead of Thursday’s meeting, after he told reporters that he and his team would be “going to have a little fun” on the trip to Texas. He also met with supporters at fundraising events during the trip.
In the aftermath of the Santa Fe shooting, Trump vowed that his administration would be with the school “forever.”
“To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High School: we are with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever,” Trump said.