Donald & Melania Trump’s ‘Thumbs Up’ Photo With Baby Orphan Paul Anchondo From El Paso Shooting Slammed On Social Media
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump shared to social media a photo with an infant, Paul Anchondo, whose parents were killed during the El Paso shooting. The shot has earned scathing criticism on social media since it was posted last week.
Andre Anchondo and Jordan Anchondo, parents of Paul, were killed during the Walmart shooting. Paul Jamrowski, Jordan’s father, shared on the Today Show that Jordan was shielding her baby during the shooting, while Jordan’s husband was covering her.
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In El Paso, Donald and Melania Trump took a trip to the University Medical Center to visit the victims of the shooting. On August 8, Melania shared a photo of her holding baby Paul, while husband stood next to her, gave a thumbs up. The photo also included, Tito, the uncle of the baby.
Tito said that Trump “was just there to give his condolences and he was just being a human being.”
Others were not so kind. In a tweet, Washington Post columnist Brian Klass said, “I’ve don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who would think the appropriate response would be flashing and thumbs up.” Klaas paired this tweet with Donald and Melania Trump’s photo.
This baby was recently orphaned by a terrorist who parroted some of Trump’s rhetoric. His parents died trying to shield him. I’ve don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who would think the appropriate response would be flashing a smile and thumbs up. Something is wrong with him. pic.twitter.com/xSIGyIZ4tg
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) August 9, 2019
Greg Pinelo also shared his thoughts of Trump’s visit in a tweet and said, “I would need 280,000 characters to say how furious I am.”
This is a photo of Trump grinning while Melania holds a baby orphaned by the shooting. A baby who was taken from home and forced to serve as a prop at a photo-op for the very monster whose hate killed her/his parents.
I would need 280,000 characters to say how furious I am. pic.twitter.com/4umSc9BQHu
— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) August 9, 2019
Other people on Twitter had responded to Melania’s post and called both her and her husband out for smiling at the hospital with this baby in their hands.
How can you stand there, holding a child whose parents were murdered, f’g SMILING, while standing beside that POS dumbasfuck husband of yours, while he gives his standard thumbs-up, in a f’g hospital????? WTAF IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?????
— barrieblonde 🇨🇦 (@barrieblonde) August 9, 2019