President Donald Trump visited University Medical Center where victims were recovering after an anti-immigrant shooting in El Paso, Texas this past weekend which killed 22 people.
While none of the still-hospitalized victims agreed to meet with Trump, whose immigration rhetoric often mirrors the ideology of the shooter, he took pictures with medical workers. Press wasn’t allowed inside the hospital, but Trump’s team filmed and edited videos of the visit which were later edited and shared to Twitter by the president.
Addressing the medical team, Trump attempted to stay on script and keep the focus on them, reminding the staff that “the whole world” was “talking about them.” Trump alluded to a rally he held in El Paso earlier this year, to which a supporter at the hospital responded that he was in the front row.
That’s when Trump seemed suddenly more in his element. He began bragging about crowd size, dismissing a counter-rally by former El Paso Congressman and current Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke.
“That was some crowd. And we had twice the number outside. And then you had this crazy Beto. Beto had like 400 people in the parking lot. They said his crowd was wonderful.”
The supporter then revealed his Trump themed socks, to which the president responded, “Don’t tell it to the press, because they won’t even believe it.
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— CBS4Local (@CBS4Local) August 8, 2019
Before and after the visit, Trump lashed out on Twitter at O’Rourke, as well as numerous other lawmakers and media personalities.
It drew people to one conclusion: The man just can’t help himself.
The first part of this was so good, but then he has to shift to talking about himself. He is so insecure that he can’t be in the presence of people who have done great things without having to talk about how great he thinks he is.
— Brian Bruce (@BrianBruce7) August 8, 2019
So it literally took him 30 seconds to say his poorly scripted, rehearsed line twice, then turn the conversation round to himself. Unbelievable.Un-fcking-believable.
No wonder they didn’t want tv cameras in there.
— overthere (@overthere03) August 8, 2019
Revolting. It’s all about him
— JoniBlue (@JoniLuxembourg) August 8, 2019
Malignant narcissist sociopath has to make a mass murder visit about himself & how great he is & how bad others are. He's a walking, talking basket of mental disease that should be nowhere near the power of the presidency. America is weakened every minute this man is in office.
— Thomas (@Trump_4_Treason) August 8, 2019
Trump has proven since the first days of his presidency that crowd size, for him, is a barometer for righteousness. Some would even call it an obsession.
A massive crowd that Fake News & some Dems didn’t want to Report! https://t.co/RiRTP2hEJc
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2019
The crowds at my Rallies are far bigger than they have ever been before, including the 2016 election. Never an empty seat in these large venues, many thousands of people watching screens outside. Enthusiasm & Spirit is through the roof. SOMETHING BIG IS HAPPENING – WATCH!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2018
Leaving now for Green Bay, Wisconsin – BIG CROWD, will be there shortly! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2019
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2019
Trump still owes over $500,000 to the city of El Paso for resources used at the very rally that he references in the video.