President Trump and the First Lady are no strangers to plagiarism accusations. During Tump’s presidential campaign, his wife Melania was famously accused of stealing her United Nations speech from the then-First Lady Michelle Obama.
This was because a number of lines appeared to have been lifted verbatim from a speech Michelle gave at the 2008 Democratic convention – an act made all the more ironic by the fact that Melania was speaking on behalf of the Republican Party. America is sadly also no stranger to mass shootings. In October of this year, the most deadly mass shooting in US history took place when a lone gunman opened fire on a crowd of revellers at a music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people. Despite the fact that this tragedy sent shockwaves around the world, mass shootings have shown no signs of letting up, and the world was shocked once again this month when 26 people were brutally killed during a church service in Texas. In difficult times like these, American citizens look to the president to provide them with hope and guidance. Whilst there have been international calls for our gun laws to be changed, Trump has shown no signs of even considering the issue. This is a reflection of the will of the American people; the majority of whom remain committed to the second amendment. The most recent American mass shooting happened just yesterday when a lone gunman opened fire on a remote community in Northern California after trying and failing to enter a local elementary school. Following the tragic news, the president tweeted his condolences, but appeared to make the embarrassing mistake of ‘copying and pasting’ a tweet he had posted in the wake of the Sutherland Springs church shooting – forgetting to replace the name of the location. “May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas,” the president wrote. “The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived.” This tweet was almost identical to the one Trump posted on the 5th of November after the Texas church massacre.
“May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas,” he wrote. “The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”
It did not take long for Twitter users to notice the mistake, and they called the president out on the fact that he had reused a condolence message instead of writing a new one, claiming that it was disrespectful to the victims. “The President of the United States is tweeting at midnight about the wrong mass shooting and it’s like the 500th most insane Trump story of the week,” one user wrote. “He’s mixed up mass shootings, confusing the one last week in Texas with the one in California today. This is so disrespectful to the victims,” another added. The gunman responsible for the deplorable attack in California has been named as 43-year-old Kevin Janson Neal, pictured below. In addition to the four people who lost their lives, 10 others were hospitalized as a result of the attack. Neal began the attack by shooting people at random in his hometown of the Rancho Tehama Reserve. He then stole a truck and began drive-by shootings before attempting to break into an elementary school. Unable to gain access to the building, he fired at its walls and windows instead. After this senseless action, he fled the scene, but was soon located by police and shot dead. More information about the attack is available below: We wish our sincere condolences to all affected by the recent mass shootings and hope that the president does not appear to reuse any more tweets about sensitive issues in the future.
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