Rather than respond to the mass shooting in Las Vegas by spewing leftist talking points about the purported need for gun control, President Donald Trump instead delivered a speech calling on all Americans to embrace their “common humanity” and stand strong against evil.
“We call upon the bonds that unite us, our faith, our family and our shared values,” he said from the White House early Monday morning, hours after a gunman opened fire at the 4th-annual Route 91 Harvest country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, killing at least 58.
“We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity,” he continued. “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger, at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today. And always will. Forever.”
And unlike former President Barack Obama, who rarely mentioned God in his speeches (despite claiming to be a Christian), the president fearlessly called on God’s assistance through the aftermath of Sunday’s horrific shooting.
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“To the families of the victims, we are praying for you and we are here for you,” he said. “And we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.”
“Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit,” he continued. “We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward.”
To be clear, Trump’s moving words didn’t undo what happened; nor did they quell the pain surging through the hearts of the victims’ families.
What his speech did, however, was remind Americans that despite this “act of pure evil,” as he described it, America is still an exceptional nation. But it is also one that must remember that without God, we cannot be good.
What his speech didn’t do was take advantage of this tragedy to score political points regarding gun control or any other prominent political position.
And for choosing to not politicize this tragedy, we the American people thank him.
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