On Monday, the Washington Post reported that a Trump aide said that White House staffers were happy for the “reprieve” the massacre gave them from ongoing Rob Porter scandal.
“For everyone, it was a distraction or a reprieve,” the official reportedly said. “A lot of people here felt like it was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just getting pummeled.”
The staffer also added, “But as we all know, sadly, when the coverage dies down a little bit, we’ll be back through the chaos.”
Two survivors of the tragic shooting that took place at a Parkland, Florida, high school were taken aback by the aide’s comments.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Sofie Whitney and Sarah Chadwick made an appearance on MSNBC where they were asked by host Chris Hayes what they thought about the staffer’s comments.
“Sophie, there is someone at the White House who talked about the shooting that happened at your school as a ‘reprieve’, and they meant in a very specific context,” Hayes asked. “The White House had been getting a lot of bad press about scandals and so forth. I wonder how that strikes your ears, having lived through what you just lived through?”
“I think it’s horribly insensitive because our school literally just got shot up,” Whitney replied. “The White House is making it about them when there are kids that are dead. And this is why we’re marching in Washington because we need them to hear us, and they need to have a conversation with us.”
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