Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump weighed in on the Dallas ambush attack that left five police officers dead and 6 more wounded – two of whom are still in critical condition.
But the responses from the presumptive Democrat and Republican Presidential nominees could not be more difference in their tone and their message for the nation.
Clinton’s message reads:
I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families, and all who serve with them.
Trump, meanwhile, put out a quick preliminary message on Twitter before posting on Facebook exactly one minute after Clinton.
The statement reads as follows:
Last night’s horrific execution-style shootings of 12 Dallas law enforcement officers – five of whom were killed and seven wounded- is an attack on our country. It is a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe.
We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street.
The senseless, tragic deaths of two people in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done.
This morning I offer my thoughts and prayers for all of the victims’ families, and we pray for our brave police officers and first responders who risk their lives to protect us every single day.
Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children.
This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.
Trump’s post of hope and real talk has been shared more than 120,000 times, while Clinton’s placid, mealy mouthed statement has been shared just 1,400 times.
Perhaps the nation is tired of the same old statements from the same old politicians who continue to use tragedies as a springboard for their personal pet projects.