US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump recently visited El Paso, Texas where the tragic Walmart shooting happened resulting in 20 killed and several injured a week back. During the trip to victims at University Medical Center, the First couple took a photo with Paul Anchondo, an infant, whose parents were killed in the shooting while protecting him.
Recently, a photo went viral over social media where Mrs. Trump was seen holding the baby while President Trump with a smile and thumbs up posed for it, with the infant’s uncle, Tito Anchondo. The two-month-old baby boy was brought to the hospital at the request of the White House during the President’s visit. Many netizens condemned the picture, calling the baby boy being used as a prop by the Trumps.
American filmmaker and activist, Morgan Freeman called it as child abuse, while eight El Paso victims refused to meet the President, wrote, “This is child abuse. When the 8 El Paso victims refused to meet with their perpetrator, Trump ordered a newly orphaned baby back for this photo op. This baby just lost both parents in the horrific massacre unleashed in the name of Donald J. Trump, who couldn’t be happier.”
This is child abuse. When the 8 El Paso victims refused to meet with their perpetrator, Trump ordered a newly orphaned baby back for this 👍🏼 photo op. This baby just lost both parents in the horrific massacre unleashed in the name of Donald J. Trump, who couldn’t be happier. pic.twitter.com/2RdDsMVZVp
— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) August 9, 2019
Greg Pinelo, Democratic Strategist, also expressed his views by calling Trump a criminal , racist, misogynist and a sexual predator whose hate resulted in the killing of the Anchondo couple leaving the boy parentless.
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
Many netizens calling it one of the most disgusting things done by the President, questioned the happiness that the first couple is oozing in the pictures.
This is just very disturbing. What is Melania smiling about? This baby is an orphan thanks to her husband’s hateful rhetoric! This makes me sick! 🤮
— carol williams (@carolswilliams_) August 9, 2019
Calling it to be a win-win situation for the Trumps one netizen wrote, “She’s holding the baby like she would a bouquet of flowers at a beauty pagent.”
She's holding the baby like she would a bouquet of flowers at a beauty pagent.
— Lisa Torres (@immrstea) August 9, 2019