While criticizing law enforcement's response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, President Donald Trump told reporters he believes he would have "run in there" to confront the shooter, even without a weapon.
(Deputy Scot Peterson -- who arrived at the freshman building 90 seconds after the first shots were fired -- resigned this week, after it was discovered that he never engaged the gunman who killed 17 students and teachers.)
Pres Trump said he would’ve run into school unarmed to stop the Fla shootings. Hard for me to believe this. When Pres Trump received multiple draft deferments during Vietnam. Just Sayin.— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) February 26, 2018
Given his reaction to potential danger in the past, many were skeptical of his bold claim.
Donald Trump — the man who once joked about turning away in disgust when he thought an elderly man was dying in front of him at his Mar-a-Lago resort — just said he would’ve run into Stoneman Douglas High School to protect the students even if he didn’t have a weapon. pic.twitter.com/NaDlU7RZTX— J. Dice 🎲 (@jdice03) February 26, 2018
Trump said he’d have run in to Douglas HS even if he was unarmed — but he seemed pretty frightened here pic.twitter.com/SK5ILua93s— NowThis (@nowthisnews) February 26, 2018
Defenders of the president and have since pointed to a 1991 incident in which he allegedly stopped a mugging in New York City. However, one witness stated that the perpetrator ran away before Trump actually appeared on the scene.
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Speaking of Trump claiming he'd run into the gunfire, here is a story from 1991 where Trump claims to have stopped a violent mugging, but actually,— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) February 26, 2018
"The bat wielder had run off before Trump appeared and Trump just looked around a bit and got back in his limo." pic.twitter.com/XKAffXJX6j
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders seemed to walk back the president's remarks during the afternoon's briefing, saying: "I think he was just stating that as a leader he would have stepped in, and hopefully be able to help. A lot of the individuals that helped protect others that day weren't carrying firearms." She concluded by saying that in that sort of situation, Trump would want to take "courageous action."
Sarah Huckabee Sanders just clarified that when President Trump said earlier that he'd have run into the school with the active shooter, he didn't really mean that he'd run into a school with an active shooter but rather that he'd "be a leader"— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) February 26, 2018
Whatever your opinion on the validity of POTUS' statement, I think we can agree that all of us hope we'd be brave and selfless in the face of danger.
Moving on from hypotheticals, though, I do want to send love and light to one heroic teen who did put himself in the line of fire during the Valentine's Day massacre at MSD High.
Anthony Borges, a 15-year-old who immigrated to the U.S. from Venezuela, is credited for saving the lives of 20 of his peers. He was shot 5 times, and is still in the hospital recovering from his injuries.
In case you haven't heard of Anthony Borges. He's 15. He plays soccer. He's a student at #MarjoryStonemanDouglasHighSchool He saved 20 lives by holding a door closed, while getting shot 5 times. Help his family pay the medical bills: https://t.co/MSOihflXyE pic.twitter.com/O9YGksIz5l— MIKE ROCK (@itsmikerock) February 19, 2018
Any further thoughts?
Trump: “I really believe I'd run in there even if I didn't have a weapon." pic.twitter.com/sJshZ4rN94— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 26, 2018
Tonight at 11/10c, Trevor imagines the totally likely scenario of Donald Trump running into a school shooting unarmed. pic.twitter.com/nCCsvfNVJy— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 27, 2018
WH: Trump Is Saying He Would Have Taken ‘Courageous Action’ by Running Into Florida School During Shooting - The White House said Monday that when President Donald Trump said that he would have run into the high school in Parkland, Fla., to save the s... https://t.co/DY7vKDoKq4— CNSNews.com (@cnsnews) February 27, 2018
Anthony Borges, a 15-year old who immigrated to the U.S. from Venezuela, is credited with saving the lives of at least 20 other students during last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was shot five times. https://t.co/g4ABEOeuB1— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 21, 2018