Donald Trump faced backlash this week after posing with a baby who was orphaned after his parents were killed in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.
Trump, visiting survivors in the Hospital, posed next to the orphaned baby held by his wife Melania.
He stuck his thumb up and grinned, in what is being called a tone deaf and ignorant response.
Trump fired back at claims that he was using the baby as a prop to make the event about himself.
“I put my thumb up, because it was like ‘hey, that baby isn’t dead’. That’s great news, and to me that baby is famous, you know, what he survived, so I acted like I would with somebody famous.
Like that time I met Hulk Hogan outside a Dunkin’ Donuts. I was actually thinking about that moment during the photo. The fake news said I was dishonouring the baby’s parents, but I wasn’t even thinking about that baby at at all, so how could I dishonour it? I was thinking about Hulk Hogan.”
Democratic politicians, political commentators, and celebrities derided the President for his actions at the hospital, calling it a ‘photo opp’.
Trump has also faced criticism for allegations that he forced other survivors to toss him in the air while chanting his name.
The President denies those claims.
“I did not force them, Ok, that’s fake news. I wanted to celebrate, like at the end of ‘The Mighty Ducks’, you know?
A great movie, with a great positive message that if you win, then everybody will forget you’re only there because you committed a crime.”
An anonymous source, suffering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder, said that the President implied that if they tossed him in the air, then he would help with their medical bills.
“Being American, and therefore not wanting to re-mortgage my house due to medical costs, I agreed.”
After three minutes of being tossed in the air, Trump made them stop as he ‘was super hungry’.
He then threw a handful of dollar bills at them and left.
The President was in the hospital for a total of twelve minutes.