Brace yourselves, El Paso and Dayton.
Trump is preparing to visit El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday, appearances that will not be universally welcome as the two cities grieve from weekend mass shootings that left 31 dead and many injured and rattled.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway confirmed Trump’s plans while speaking to reporters Tuesday, saying he “has wanted to go there since he learned of these tragedies.”
Conway suggested that Trump’s itinerary would be similar to other visits in the wake of mass shootings or natural disasters, which have included meetings with those affected and with law enforcement and first responders.
Several Democratic officials have urged Trump not to visit El Paso, a city of about 683,000 with a largely Latino population, in the aftermath of Saturday’s anti-immigrant attack at a Walmart Supercenter that left 22 dead.
And on Tuesday afternoon, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D) encouraged people unhappy over Trump’s upcoming visit to the city of about 140,000 to protest.
“I think people should stand up and say they’re not happy if they’re not happy he’s coming,” Whaley told reporters.
What’s he gonna do, toss boxes of Band-Aids?
It’s axiomatic that Trump has no capacity for empathy, and he’s going to turn this into a political rally while blaming the Democrats for exploiting the massacres for political advantage. And in El Paso, he’ll be doing it in front of a crowd that he demonized and inspired the shooter with his hateful rhetoric.