After a deadly weekend of mass shootings, the President visited the two affected cities Wednesday.
Self-described "Assistant to President @realDonaldTrump, Director of Social Media" Dan Scavino Jr. decided to use the trip to Dayton, Ohio as a chance to take a dig at Democratic Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley who held a press conference after the President's visit.
Scavino posted on his official Trump administration Twitter account slamming Brown and Whaley for, in his words, "mischaracterizing what took place w/ the President's visit to Miami Valley Hospital today."
He then went on to demonstrate a failure to understand the gravity of the moment, tweeting:
"The President was treated like a Rock Star inside the hospital, which was all caught on video. They all loved seeing their great President!"
..The President was treated like a Rock Star inside the hospital, which was all caught on video. They all loved see… https://t.co/SNGxcbpb8Z— Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸 (@Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸) 1565202736.0
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman spoke for many:
How is this the important takeaway on the day? https://t.co/Y5OG4t6ASb— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman) 1565204182.0
CBS News White House correspondent Steven Portnoy pointed out that all hospital footage was taken by members of the Trump administration. Reporters and news cameras were not allowed to accompany the President.
The working professionals assigned to capture video of the president were not allowed near these scenes. As such,… https://t.co/QdHgrw3Cel— Steven Portnoy (@Steven Portnoy) 1565206543.0
Others weighed in as well.
@Scavino45 U truly are an idiot think before you tweet who gives 2fcks he was treated like a rock star people were murdered clown— Wuts Gucci? (@Wuts Gucci?) 1565210267.0
@Scavino45 That is the most disgusting thing ever. He went to meet with victims of a mass shooting. A horrifying… https://t.co/iDqhAYa8nW— Azreil (@Azreil) 1565210042.0
@maggieNYT 22 people are DEAD.— Jane Moore (@Jane Moore) 1565204318.0
Portnoy added that the White House press pool that traveled to Ohio with the President would not need to go to the hospital as the focus would be solely on the victims and not a "photo op" for Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
Pool reporters flying on AF1 say the press secretary told them “press was not included because the visit was not ‘a… https://t.co/9L4A89AXBw— Steven Portnoy (@Steven Portnoy) 1565207476.0
Predictably, also retweeted by Scavino were these hospital visit photos shared by President Trump and the White House.
The people I met today in Dayton are the finest anywhere! https://t.co/sBxKZWExcR— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1565209517.0
https://t.co/RCcXfhUwP3— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1565210205.0
President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS met with survivors, family members, and hospital staff in Dayton, Ohio, toda… https://t.co/HAaZVuLwgX— The White House (@The White House) 1565212084.0
For a non-photo op, people noted a lot of emphasis placed on photos and videos of President Trump, taken, produced and shared by members of the Trump administration.
You turned this massacre into a campaign ad? Are you kidding me?!!! https://t.co/7pnAvRkBeh— Charles M. Blow (@Charles M. Blow) 1565210360.0
Donald Trump is way too happy visiting victims of a mass murder in #Dayton https://t.co/YPvlRHen3T— Red (@Red) 1565214056.0
Travel pool was told Trump’s hospital visit was closed to pool because this is “about victims...not a photo op.” Bu… https://t.co/obRsrh0sgX— Eli Stokols (@Eli Stokols) 1565209995.0
@stevenportnoy So it was a photo-op, not a photo-op?— ian2 (@ian2) 1565212943.0
Local resident of Dayton, OH: "I work... I usually am not able to come protest something like this, but I do not fe… https://t.co/5pfHiE5dcH— Matt Rogers 🎙 (@Matt Rogers 🎙) 1565196243.0
When President Obama visited Sandy Hook in 2012, he displayed raw human emotion, and tried in earnest to comfort ev… https://t.co/Dut1MPq0et— Stu Cameron (@Stu Cameron) 1565172862.0
People took exception to the emphasis placed by Trump staff members on the President's popularity during a national tragedy.
The president's team cannot help but make every single national tragedy about the president and his popularity or l… https://t.co/zJ87b2Of02— Jessica Huseman (@Jessica Huseman) 1565206152.0
It is an undeniable pattern that no national tragedy is ever about the victims or a productive, bipartisan response… https://t.co/xTpF3ZnLUY— Jessica Huseman (@Jessica Huseman) 1565206387.0
@Scavino45 This is beyond disgusting. Shame on you and the entire Trump administration.— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1565211030.0
@Scavino45 Scavino was a better golf caddy What in the hell is this? Imagine going to any solemn event involving… https://t.co/QHu2EDBeV8— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@☇RiotWomenn☇) 1565210398.0
@annabellzebley @JessicaHuseman He already tweeted a propaganda video of the visit. So disgusting.— A Beautiful Phone Call (@A Beautiful Phone Call) 1565209419.0
@Scavino45 Yes because Rock Star status is what this was all about. My God you people can actually get worse.— Seipher31 (@Seipher31) 1565209929.0
After leaving Dayton, POTUS and FLOTUS flew to El Paso, Texas for another not a photo op visit.
@Scavino45 @POTUS @realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS Dan this isn't a rock tour, this is a stop in a city where 22 people wer… https://t.co/x99kMbYV4T— Cassie (@Cassie) 1565210973.0