Tragedy Shines Spotlight on Trump’s Insensitivity Advisor

Heeling words

Analysts are giving high marks to a little-known advisor in the White House who President Trump turns to for advice after high-profile tragedies like the shooting that left 11 dead in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

“It’s easy to forget the talented people who toil away in near anonymity to make the White House run, so a special shout out to Trey Calhoun for giving the president just the right response to the Pittsburgh shooting and the pipe bomb threats to former president Barack Obama, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and others who’ve criticized Trump in the past couple of years,” says Ray Morgan, Washington political correspondent for Fox News.

Calhoun, the Special White House Advisor on Insensitive Remarks, is credited with coming up with President Trump’s comment that an armed guard could have prevented the mass killing at the baby naming ceremony in the Pittsburgh synagogue. He also talked the president into keeping his Charlotte, N.C., campaign rally on his schedule on the day federal investigators arrested suspected pipe bomber Cesar Sayoc.

Fists up for unity

Morgan says Calhoun always comes up with the perfect way President Trump can show he cares little for the people he governs. “Just when you think there’s no way the president can fail at his most basic task, which is comforting the country in the wake of tragedy, Calhoun finds a way to do it,” says Morgan. “Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, you have to recognize the genius that’s at work here.”

Lee Mather, the Washington political analyst for Cox News, says he was certain the president would cancel his Charlotte rally after investigators arrested Sayoc, because that would have been the appropriate thing to do. But, in a classic Calhoun touch, Trump kept the rally on his schedule and even inadvertently provoked attendees to chant one of his golden oldies from the campaign trail, “Lock her up,” which was particularly inappropriate since Clinton was one of the targets of the bomber.

“You couldn’t have had a better way for the president to grind the heel of his boot into the idea of American unity, one nation under god and so on, than for Trump to hold a political event at a time when people are craving an act of decency from their leader,” says Mather.

Calhoun is also credited with Trump’s refusal to condemn white nationalists immediately after their Charlottesville, Va., rally turned deadly, and for calling for armed teachers after the Parkland, Fla., shooting.

“No one knows how to keep President Trump from stepping into the trap of acting presidential than Calhoun,” says Morgan. “Bravo to him. It’s high time he got the recognition he deserves. The President rightly gets the credit for eroding the foundations of our democracy, but let’s not forget the people under Trump who help make that happen. When our country faces yet another tragedy, it’s good to know we have someone who has the President’s trust when the stakes are high and a calming, unifying presence is demanded. I always breathe a sigh of relief when the President yet again fails to live up to his responsibility as the leader of our country and instead reminds us what a self-centered prick we elected in 2016.”

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