A hospital official confirms to CNN that this is the baby who was brought back to the hospital to meet with Trump and FLOTUS after the child had been discharged. The two month old’s parents, Jordan and Andre Anchondo died protecting him during the El Paso shooting. pic.twitter.com/J468ygdPnM
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 9, 2019
This is so incredibly vile.
The uncle of a 2-month-old boy whose parents were killed in the El Paso mass shooting on Friday defended a photo that shows first lady Melania Trump holding the baby while President Donald Trump smiles and gives a thumbs-up gesture.
The photo, released Thursday on Twitter by the first lady’s office, drew backlash from some who thought it reflected a lack of empathy and politicized the shootings.
Tito Anchondo, the uncle of baby Paul Anchondo, told The Associated Press on Friday that Trump “was just there to give his condolences and he was just being a human being.” He previously told NPR that he and his brother were Trump supporters.
“Is it that hard to try and understand that a family is trying to not be sad at a moment like this?” said Anchondo, who also appears in the photo along with his sister. “We’re trying to be as strong as we can. … My brother is gone.”
This was after many on the left posted the picture around, bashing Trump as evil for smiling. The bots were out in force attacking Trump for the pic as was the media.
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People are accusing Trump of dragging an orphan, who lost both parents in the El Paso shooting, in for a photo op.
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 9, 2019