Donald Trump Jr. Immediately Turned the YouTube Shooting Into Political Sport

Donald Trump Jr. wasted no time politicizing a shooting at YouTube’s headquarters on Tuesday.  


39-year-old Nasim Aghdam was identified late Tuesday evening as the suspect who reportedly brought a handgun to the company’s San Bruno, California, campus, where she shot three people before killing herself. Two victims, a 36-year-old male and a 32-year-old woman, remain in critical and serious conditions, respectively, a spokesperson for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital said in a press conference.

This mass shooting would seem as inopportune a time as any to defend gun rights, but Trump Jr. decided to insert himself into the chaos.

Aghdam’s motive remains murky. Her various accounts—she had four known YouTube channels—“appeared to promote veganism and animal rights, demonstrate workout routines, inveigh against capitalism, authority, and popular culture, and make bizarre parody music videos,” according to Slate.

A documented big-game hunter and staunch opponent of gun controls, Trump Jr. seized the chance to deflect negative attention from his friends at the National Rifle Association.

Shortly after midnight, the president’s eldest son sent a hamfisted tweet accusing social media platforms of favoring mass shooters who are “liberal Vegan PETA activists” over NRA-supporting mass shooters.

Trump Jr. appears to be unraveling at the seams. For the first time since announcing their impending divorce following revelations of his months-long affair with singer and Celebrity Apprentice contestant Aubrey O’Day, Trump Jr. appeared in public with his wife, Vanessa, at Sunday’s White House Easter egg roll. The couple, who have five kids together, filed for divorce two weeks ago. In the interim, Trump Jr. has gotten a haircut and amped up his crossfit regimen.

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