During Monday’s White House press briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders struggled to come up with an explanation as reporters question President Trump’s claim that he would run unarmed into a school shooting.
Trump said on Monday that he would have personally intervened to stop Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz, even if he didn’t have a weapon.
CNN correspondent Jim Acosta pressed Sanders on whether Trump’s announcement meant that he considers himself a theoretical hero.
“When the president said earlier today that he would have run into the school, was he suggesting that he could have saved the day?” Acosta asked press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“I think he was just stating that as a leader, he would have stepped in and hopefully been able to help as a number of the individuals that were in the school, the coach and other adults and even a lot of the students stepped up and helped protect other students,” the press secretary responded. “I think the point he was making is that he would have wanted to have played a role in that as well.”
“Is he trained in firing a weapon?” Acosta pressed. “Is he trained in using a handgun or a firearm of some sort?”
“I don’t think that was the point he was making,” Sanders responded, saying the president would have wanted to take “courageous action” regardless of whether he theoretically had a gun in the event of a mass shooting.
The press isn’t buying it. Trump didn’t mean that he would try to lead and be helpful. He meant that he would roll up into a mass shooting and stop the gunman.
Of course, no one believes that coming from a man who avoided serving in the Vietnam War by citing “bone spurs” in his medical examination.
Watch Sarah Huckabee Sanders struggle to come with an answer as the press pushes her on Trump's claim that he would run unarmed into a school shooting. https://t.co/vKvzcjoQEy pic.twitter.com/3qcivXyzlR
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 26, 2018