He may have been a noted draft dodger but the President of the United States would've charged into the school with or without a weapon to stop the AR-15 wielding shooter.
President Donald Trump is confident that if he’d have been on the scene he would’ve run straight into the Florida school to stop gunman Nikolas Cruz during the Valentine’s Day killing of 17 students and teachers.
Not only that, he would’ve done it unarmed too.
“You don’t know until you test it, but I think, I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would have done that too,” he said to a gathering of US governors at the White House on Monday.
The comment came as he slammed what he deemed to be cowardly inaction from a number of Broward County Sheriff’s deputies on the day.
He said the first responders “weren’t exactly Medal of Honor winners… the way they performed was frankly disgusting”.
“The way they performed was really a disgrace,” he added.
He is referring to armed school resources officer Scot Peterson, whom he singled out as a coward last week, as well as three other deputies who were reported by CNN to have stayed outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building during the shooting.
In showing his disdain for Peterson last week, who has since resigned despite maintaining he followed protocol, Trump said it was a case “where somebody was outside, they’re trained, but they didn’t react properly under pressure or they were a coward”.
Peterson was also reprimanded by his sheriff Scott Israel and suspended prior to quitting, but he has vigorously defended his actions through his lawyer Joseph DiRuzzo III.
“The allegations that Mr. Peterson was a coward and that his performance, under the circumstances, failed to meet the standards of police officers are patently untrue,” DiRuzzo said.
Mr. Peterson is confident that his actions on that day were appropriate under the circumstances and that the video (together with the eye-witness testimony of those on the scene) will exonerate him of any sub-par performance.”
The irony of Trump accusing anyone of cowardice was not lost on Twitter users.
The President is no stranger to the term “draft dodger”, having been labelled one countless times since he used bone spurs to gain a medical exemption from serving in the Vietnam War.
Even as recently as January, Senator Tammy Duckworth, a veteran who lost both her legs in Iraq, said she would not be lectured on military funding by a “five-deferment draft dodger”.
The 5x draft dodger @realDonaldTrump
A man who said POWs were no heroes.
A man who didn’t visit our troops in a combat zone in his first year as President, breaking a tradition spanning a quarter century.
THAT man wants to have a military parade on Veterans Day? https://t.co/X99EPXA8Jw
— UnsilentMajority 🌹 (@The_UnSilent_) February 24, 2018
— chuckwestover (@chuckwestover) February 26, 2018
— Gay Civil Rights (@gaycivilrights) February 26, 2018
— Bray_NYC🌺 (@Bray_NYC) February 26, 2018
“He’s trained his whole life but when it came time to get in there & do something he didn’t have the courage; they’re trained, they didn’t react properly under pressure or they were a coward.”
– donnie bone spurs, 4-time draft dodger, star of this video: https://t.co/GI0h6NPDmf
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) February 23, 2018