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Donald Trump Makes Ludicrous Claim He Would Have Personally Stopped the Parkland Shooter

Who does the president think he's kidding?

Photo Credit: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff / Flick

President Donald Trump, who infamously avoiding serving in the Vietnam War by citing “bone spurs” in his medical examination, said on Monday that he would have personally intervened to stop Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz.

“I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon,” Trump said during a meeting with the nation’s governors, according to Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller.

Trump’s remark came as part of a broader criticism leveled at Florida deputies who did not act to stop Cruz while he was murdering 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Trump said Monday that the deputies “weren’t exactly Medal of Honor winners.”

Trump last week trashed the deputy sheriff who was present at the high school, but did not enter to try to stop the shooter, by saying he did “a very poor job.”

Brad Reed is a writer living in Boston. His work has previously appeared in the American Prospect Online, and he blogs frequently at Sadly, No!.
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