Tweeters were incredulous after President Donald Trump showed up on Wednesday to a “listening session” with Florida school shooting survivors carrying a note that essentially reminded him to show empathy.
“I hear you,” was number five on the cheat sheet that Trump clutched in his hands:
It’s unclear whether Trump or one of his White House aides wrote the list. But the image did not go unnoticed on Twitter, where folks were quick to criticize the president for needing the reminder at all:
It’s really sad that Trump needed someone to write down “I hear you” for him to remember to try and show empathy for those impacted by gun violence. pic.twitter.com/AsH3XGIM91
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) February 21, 2018
The fact that President Trump needed a note card to remind him to say “I hear you” to survivors of school shootings, proves to me that he’s a psychopath with no capacity for empathy.
This isn’t a joke. We have a psychopath running our country!#ParklandStudentsSpeak
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) February 22, 2018
Trump can’t even remember why he’s in the room and needs a note telling him to pretend he’s listening. Literally has a cheat sheet saying I hear you. Show me a dumber human and it’s likely a tree. https://t.co/RcphAJOtE7
— Todd Poirier (@todd_poirier) February 21, 2018
What a living dead-man! Trump’s “cues” to say to the high-school kids reading him and his nativist tribalistic Republican white-nationalist party the riot-act. “I hear you”. The man is like a zombie. A White Walker pic.twitter.com/NDAoDG1lY5
— Jerry Saltz (@jerrysaltz) February 21, 2018
The president sat in his chair.
A group of survivors was there.
He looked at a note
An aide of his wrote
And thus was reminded to care.
— Limericking (@Limericking) February 22, 2018
To help him simulate human reactions, Trump’s minders gave him a cheat sheet that prompted him to say things like “I hear you” during the WH listening session on the #Parkland shootings. [@AP Photo by Carolyn Kaster] pic.twitter.com/cEyVNDlvjU
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) February 21, 2018
There is no page to turn.
There IS no Presidential moment for trump to rise to.
You can’t teach empathy.
You can’t teach decency.
You either have it, or you don’t.
Having to write “I Hear You” as an emotion to share is sad.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 22, 2018