A new photo of President Donald Trump arriving in western Pennsylvania for an event commemorating the September 11 attacks is going viral for all the wrong reasons.
In the photo, as First Lady Melania Trump trudges somberly behind him, the president almost looks to be cheering.
photo from Doug Mills (NYT) of the President arriving for a 9/11 Memorial Service near Shanksville, PA a short time ago: pic.twitter.com/y3bgAiHpna
— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) September 11, 2018
As other photos made clear, Trump was approaching a gathering of his supporters at the time of his double fistbump.
WATCH: President Trump greets supporters upon arrival in Johnstown, Penn., while en route to Shanksville to honor those who died aboard United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed 17 years ago today during the 9/11 attacks. https://t.co/TI1qXHQQNO pic.twitter.com/Uum9rmdV9j
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 11, 2018
But still, many found it shocking.
Can you imagine having so little sense of decorum, sensitivity, self-awareness, that your first instinct upon arriving for an incredibly solemn ceremony, is to act as if you're at one of your rallies? https://t.co/7zOTiz6N9e
— Elizabeth West (@Limeylizzie) September 11, 2018
It led some to stop and process just how abnormal this period in the United States is.
The President of the United States of America
"Excited" for 9/11
— Marijuana Pepsi, M.D. ❁ (@blogboyzHQ) September 11, 2018
Around the same time, Trump’s tweet about the tragedy also struck many as less than sensitive.
17 years since September 11th!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2018
Rather than relaying any empathy or reverence, it seemed that the president was bragging about his ability to do basic arithmetic.
A lot of presidents would use this day to honor the dead, rather than prove they have the ability to count.
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) September 11, 2018
Some emphasized the responses of other leaders to contrast his hollow words.
An example below of real leadership. Its not even his country…..but i guess, its not yours either. pic.twitter.com/G3Y76Pid6j
— Trae (@traebordileau) September 11, 2018
— Unarmed Teacher (@UnarmedTeacher) September 11, 2018
While you were trying to grift the 9-11 fund….. pic.twitter.com/qlAwaZmhnp
— 👠Snarky Kitty👠 (@lil_nitelite) September 11, 2018
There are things that should come easy to United States presidents, like denouncing Nazis and standing up to Vladimir Putin, that the president still manages to bungle. Displaying reverence for the tragedy brought by the September 11th attacks is one of these things. It’s been that way since moments after the towers fell.