On July 14, 2017, the day after the Aurora, Colorado shooting, President Donald Trump tweeted, “This was a horrible, horrible day in America.
A terrible day.
It’s been a long time coming.
A long time.”
In that same tweet, he also suggested that the shootings might be linked to the shooting at a Jewish community center in Charleston, South Carolina.
“Just as we saw in Charleston and other places in our country, evil will not be defeated by good,” Trump said.
“This will not stop until evil is totally destroyed.
No, we must never give in to fear.
We must never be intimidated.
And the world will see the real us, the real America.
We are strong, and we will never give up.”
Three days later, the president and first lady Melania Trump traveled to Aurora to address the emergency response and public health issues facing the city.
As Trump and his wife, Melania, walked into the hospital lobby, they encountered a small crowd of journalists, many of whom were there for a live interview.
Some of them were wearing masks, some were carrying cameras.
Some were holding signs.
Some held signs that read “Trump for President.”
The president was not alone.
There was a small contingent of police officers who wore black, with the slogan, “Keep Calm, Don’t Shoot.”
One of the officers was dressed in black, and his face was covered with a black mask.
He was carrying a weapon.
The President’s comments were echoed by many of his supporters, many who were in the crowd, and in several instances the Trump administration appeared to use those comments as an opportunity to blame other gun owners for the shooting.
But in some cases, those comments were in direct opposition to Trump himself, who at the time suggested that a lone gunman could not have carried out the shooting that left six people dead.
The president’s comments came days after he issued a statement about the shooting, in which he said, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with the same weapon.”
“We are witnessing a concerted effort by the left to delegitimize, marginalize, and deny the terrible pain and suffering that all Americans experience every single day,” he said.
The day after Trump made his statement, the Department of Justice issued a news release saying it had launched an investigation into the shooting in Aurora.
A day later, after it was reported that two people had been arrested for violating the Colorado State Crime Victims Act, the White House announced that the investigation was closed, but that it was still conducting an inquiry into the “incident and its aftermath.”
The next day, the New York Times published an article that reported that a former colleague of Trump’s who had been a police officer and was the subject of a sexual harassment complaint said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” by Trump’s comments and that the President had “implicitly encouraged and encouraged others to shoot people.”
“The President has never shown any sign of remorse for the Aurora shooting or for the many others that he has publicly advocated for the same,” said the article, which was written by Jonathan Martin, who wrote the book, The Secret History of the Gun.
“He has said that he was the only one who could have stopped it, and that he had a responsibility to protect everyone in his life.”
The article was the first of several stories to report on the shooting from a news outlet with a right-leaning editorial stance, including Politico, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.
In one article published on June 25, the Times reported that one of the three suspects in the shooting was a former police officer who had a gun and had been charged with violating the statute.
In the same article, the paper also reported that the FBI had been notified of the shooting and that it had opened a civil rights investigation into whether the shootings could have been prevented if the law had been changed.
“I think there was a moment in time in that time when some of these guys could have done something, and I think we were able to do something,” said Scott Ritter, a retired police officer in Virginia.
“We didn’t do anything.
And I don’t know if they could have.”
Ritter was one of many police officers interviewed by the Times in that story.
“They didn’t stop,” Ritter said.
But a second person who worked in Aurora and was interviewed by Politico said that “people were scared to go out to work,” and that “there was some kind of intimidation factor” because of the presence of officers who did not have guns.
“People were afraid to go into the city and see what was going on, and some of the police officers in Aurora were terrified, too,” he told the Times.
“But we were all aware that there was going to be a response to this, and it would be an armed