Donald Trump’s Twitter archives continue to be a one-stop shop of flip flops and hypocrisy, containing a tweet to contradict practically every statement he makes these days. The latest is a tweet from 2012 after another mass shooting, in which he said Obama spoke for him and all Americans in calling for gun control. What Obama said then:
We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law — no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society.
But that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely, we can do better than this. If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief that has visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Newtown, and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that — then surely we have an obligation to try.
In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens — from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators — in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. Because what choice do we have? We can’t accept events like this as routine. Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?
President Obama spoke for me and every American in his remarks in #Newtown Connecticut.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2012
And now? This is not the time to “politicize” the tragedy! We can’t talk about changing any public policies at this point! You see, it’s too soon now. And next week it’ll still be too soon. And in a few weeks or months, it will be too late. Anything other than to talk about doing anything real and substantial to address the huge problem of mass violence in this country.
As I’ve said many, many times, Trump has no positions. He has no ideology. He will say anything and support any policy based solely on whether it suits his immediate purposes and then he will turn around and say and support the exact opposition five minutes later when his interests change. It’s always about him and him alone, never about the common good or what is true or rational. Ever.