The mother of a child killed in the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, ripped into President Trump for hosting the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre at the White House this Thursday — which fell on the fifth anniversary of the horrific event.
Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan was one of 20 children killed in the shooting carried out by Adam Lanza, took to Facebook to let her feelings on the matter be known. In a post published this Sunday to the Facebook page Sandy Hook Promise, Hockley first lashed out at White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders for saying that nothing could have prevented the shooting.
“But while I can forgive Sanders for her lack of knowledge (though not her lack of compassion) I cannot say the same for President Trump,” Hockley wrote.
“Not only did he ignore the 5-year remembrance completely – not even a single tweet – he slapped us all in the face by having none other than NRA President Wayne LaPierre at his White House Christmas party that night. The appalling lack of humanity and decency has not gone unnoticed,” she added.
According to the New York Daily News, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre was one of the guests at a Christmas party hosted by the White House this Thursday. Sanders told the publication that LaPierre and Trump didn’t engage in any extended conversation and LaPierre “was there for a Christmas party and not a formal meeting of any kind.”
“Trump, LaPierre and Sanders are all parents,” Hockley continued. “While they ignorantly partied and remained uninformed on an issue that kills thousands of Americans every year, I was crying myself to sleep. While they got the chance to kiss their children goodnight, I kissed the urn holding my beautiful boy’s ashes.”
“I would request an apology. But I’m not sure there are any hearts in the White House that would understand why an apology is the least they could do.”
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