Trump played golf while thousands in the US marched against gun violence

Greg Evans
Sunday 25 March 2018 11:15
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The inspiring March For Our Lives rally took place across the United States on Saturday in a bid to raise awareness about gun violence and bring about change.

The nationwide event was attended by student activists, celebrities and survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last month.

One of the highlights proved to be the powerful speech given by student Emma Gonzalez, one of the key figures in the movement against gun violence.

American politicians such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Bernie Sanders all tweeted their support for those taking part in the march.

In comparison, there was little praise or fanfare about the event from the Trump administration, Republican senators or from members of the President's family.

The likes of Kellyanne Conway, Paul Ryan, Steven Mnuchin, Sarah Sanders and Betsy DeVos abstained from sharing their thoughts on the rally.

Neither did Donald Trump, who had chosen this particular weekend to take one of his routine trips to his Mar-A-Largo resort in Florida and play a spot of golf.

This is hardly surprising as Trump has now reportedly spent over 100 days at his golf properties since taking office in January 2017.

His last tweets before the march were to offer his condolences to the people of France, following the hostage incident in the country on Friday.

Vice President Mike Pence also ignored the marches and instead decided to share his thoughts on a new movie he had just seen.

Even more bizarre were the activities of Donald Trump Jr who decided to go fishing with his son and shared the images on Instagram.

The rest of the Trump family including Melania, Ivanka and Eric also chose to not share any thoughts or support of the march.

Although The White House twitter account didn't share any support either, the White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters did offer a brief statement, via CNN:

We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today.

Keeping our children safe is a top priority of the President's, which is why he urged Congress to pass the Fix NICS and STOP School Violence Acts, and signed them into law.

Additionally, on Friday, the Department of Justice issued the rule to ban bump stocks following through on the President's commitment to ban devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns.

HT Vogue

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