The father of one of the students killed in last month’s school shooting is going after President Trump and his administration for showing no sign of taking meaningful action after his daughter’s death.
Fred Guttenberg spoke to Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC as thousands of students prepare to walk out of school today as part of a nationwide effort to demand action on gun control and school safety. Gutenberg cheered the student protesters for their activism and civic engagement, though he was much less approving of D.C. legislators who have yet to do much of anything following the massacre.
As Guttenberg talked with Ruhle about Rick Scott‘s recent gun legislation and the recent calls to arm teachers, he was asked for his thoughts about Trump. Guttenberg didn’t hold back:
“The fact that the president is publicly embracing [the NRA] and publicly saying we should all do the same is simply pathetic and I want him to stop. I want him to act like a leader, and when it comes to this issue – and I’m only talking about this issue – he is failing miserably. To go on television with legislators and talk one way, and then meet with the folks of the NRA, who last week put out a video putting targets on legislators and news people’s backs, and say he joins with them, is pathetic. It needs to stop. I want the president to take my daughter’s murder seriously, not as a political moment.”
Guttenberg also had some very critical comments for Betsy DeVos after her rough interview on 60 Minutes.
“She has no idea how to keep my children safe,” Guttenberg said. “She has an agenda that is not aligned with those of us who are parents that need to send our kids to these schools.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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