The billionaire President is using a photo of a teenage girl who survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting to raise money for his own reelection, while the family needs to crowd fund money to support her recovery.
Less than a month after taking up residence in the White House, Donald Trump started campaigning to raise money for the 2020 election. Part of that campaign is sending out email blasts to his followers and contributors. A recent fundraising email shows a photo of President Trump and First Lady Melania visiting 17-year-old Maddy Wilford as she recovers in the hospital from gunshot wounds.
The text accompanying the photo reads:
The nation has turned its attention to the senseless school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Trump is taking steps toward banning gun bump stocks and strengthening background checks for gun purchasers. The President has made his intent very clear: 'making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority.'
Also conveniently placed in the email is a link where readers can contribute to the Trump/Pence reelection fund.
What makes this photo op even more heartbreaking is the GoFundMe campaign that a friend of Wilford's mother launched to help cover medical and other expenses while Maddy recovers from her injuries.
Please let that sink in.
FEBRUARY 16, 2018 Our entire Nation, with one heavy heart, continues to pray for the victims and their families in Parkland, Florida. To teachers, law enforcement, first responders and medical professionals who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We THANK YOU for your courage — and we are here for you, ALWAYS! Our administration is working closely with local authorities to investigate the shooting and learn everything we can. We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools, and tackle the difficult issue of mental health. God Bless You All — and THANK YOU!
The GoFundMe campaign for Maddy reads in part:
As the situation has evolved, we find the need to be greater and greater. Maddy's road to recovery will be arduous for her and her mother.
All funds collected will go directly to Missy to meet her needs in the coming weeks, months, and even years as immediate needs are taken care of and Maddy's recovery take precedent.
And this isn't the first time Trump and Pence have used a national tragedy to raise money for their campaign coffers:
It may not be the only time Trump and Pence raise money from a tragedy, but we hope it's the only time Maddy and her family have to.
People were sickened:
You’d think that Trump would fundraiser for her medical treatment and not his benefit......”who am I kidding, right?”— Macinca19 (@Macinca19) February 27, 2018
You can contribute to Maddy's GoFundMe campaign here.