Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was among those murdered in Parkland, Florida in February, blasted President Donald Trump for instructing U.S. troops to treat rocks thrown by migrants inside Mexico as if they were bullets being fired from rifles.
The president on Thursday said that members of the caravan have been “viciously and violently” throwing rocks at Mexican soldiers and that the American troops Trump plans on stationing along the border will not tolerate rock-throwing.
Trump described the band of asylum-seeking refugees marauding northward through Mexico as an “invasion” of “tough people” that “will not be allowed into the United States.”
“They wanna throw rocks at our military? Our military fights back,” Trump told reporters. “I told them to consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexican military and police, I say consider it a rifle.”
Watch the president’s remarks below:
Donald Trump has told the US military to treat rocks being thrown by migrants at the border as though they were rifles being fired.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 2, 2018
This didn’t sit well with Guttenberg.
“Trump, the AR 15 that killed my daughter is a firearm. A rock is not,” Guttenberg tweeted on Thursday. “You are a seriously delusional and dangerous person who puts America at risk.”
Trump, the AR 15 that killed my daughter is a firearm. A rock is not. You are a seriously delusional and dangerous person who puts America at risk.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) November 1, 2018
On Friday, Guttenberg tweeted at Trump again, this time posting a picture of himself with Jaime along with an emotional message to anyone who doesn’t understand the difference between stones and guns.
“For those Trump thinks are stupid, I will explain the difference between a rock and rifle,” Guttenberg wrote. “If Jaime were hit in the face with a rock, she would be bruised and I would help her heal. Because she was shot with a rifle, she was killed and I visit her at a cemetery. Any questions?”
For those Trump thinks are stupid, I will explain the difference between a rock and rifle. If Jaime were hit in the face with a rock, she would be bruised and I would help her heal. Because she was shot with a rifle, she was killed and I visit her at a cemetery. Any questions? pic.twitter.com/IJo3usdSnO
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) November 2, 2018
Followers of Guttenberg on Twitter rushed to express their sympathies for his family as they continue to mourn the loss of Jaime, one of the 17 students and teachers murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
— suzy greenberg (@stacytklein) November 2, 2018
As a #Florida resident and a parent of a teenage daughter & high school student I hear & agree with you.
— ScopingItOut (@ScopingItOut) November 2, 2018
God bless you. I don't know how you do it.
— Nino Mitch (@ninbadabing) November 2, 2018
Your strength and courage is a light on this dark path we are traveling.
— Lorrie Mitchell (@lorriem1969) November 2, 2018
Fred, I voted at home yesterday wearing an orange sweater and jeans. Orange for Jamie and jeans for the straight blue ticket. #OrangeWaveinNovember
— yazkat (@yazkat1) November 2, 2018
I’m so sorry for your loss. Jaime’s name is on my refrigerator. My daughter picked her name last year during a school walkout for school shooting victims and we couldn’t bear to throw the paper away. Every time I see her name, I’m inspired to do what I can to make a change. ❤️
— MΞGAN KΞLLΞY HALL (@MeganKelleyHall) November 2, 2018
Your pain is unfathomable, Mr. Guttenberg, and I'm so sorry you and your family have to endure it. I'm forever grateful, though, that you've turned it into advocacy for Jaime and for all of our kids. Thank you.🙏🏾
— ATLMichelle (@SayChellesATL) November 2, 2018
Guttenberg even fought back after a troll suggested he supported violence against the police.
Please!!! If a rock was used my daughter and 16 others would be alive today. That is such a moronic argument. Have a nice day.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) November 2, 2018
Guttenberg has become a prominent opposing voice of the president and widely appreciated.
Thank you for being so vocal in this fight. Your words mean a lot. Hoping you find peace.
— Angry Rose #GlovesOff (@RosemaryMscott) November 2, 2018
Thank you, Fred. Thank you, Jaime.
— Clumsy Beast (@Clumsy_Beast) November 2, 2018
If Trump's feral base believes that rocks resemble firearms, they should be okay-fine w/ surrendering their guns & just carrying rocks for self-defense.
— C. Jeffrey Smith (@CJSmith7880) November 2, 2018
Trump wasn’t spared additional pushback on social media because rocks are not rifles.
— Skip Hogan (@Skiphogan) November 2, 2018
If rocks are so dangerous then why does anyone need a gun?
— ali kino (@thesailorjupitr) November 2, 2018
Instead of militarizing the border, many Americans think humanitarian aid should be the priority.
Don't give in to fear and hatred, it burns everyone it touches.
— Wesley Clark (@WesClarkjr) October 24, 2018
Could we flood the border with 50 thousand American citizens to welcome them with food and water and guide them to where they can apply for asylum. And provide surveillance for their safety?
— ChuckMapesImpeachnow (@wideglideflyer) November 1, 2018
The US should send humanitarian aid to the caravan. Not 15,000 soldiers.
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) November 1, 2018
Yes! We have become an elitist country. Obviously forgot our own roots… we should be helping people not threatening them.
— La'Velle Reynolds (@MrsReynolds2017) November 1, 2018
A Civil Affairs battalion would make sense as aiding refugees is one of their mission sets.
— Gen-X Cynic (@Soldier_Cynic) November 2, 2018
The migrant caravan is still several weeks away from the United States and the number of people within it has steadily decreased since the march began last month. The crowd is made up mainly of women and children seeking asylum in the United States.