On Tuesday morning, The New York Times felt forced to alter its front-page headline after sparking outrage. Donald Trump came out swinging on Twitter after the paper changed the headline for the story.
Initially reading “TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM,” the headline was soon replaced with, “ASSAILING HATE BUT NOT GUNS.”
The president claimed the first headline “was the correct description.” He then blamed “Radical Left Democrats” for prompting the replacement.
Trump’s Teleprompter Talking
The article in the paper regarded how the president had responded in the wake of two major mass shootings. Trump’s speech following the horrific attacks in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio differed from his typical tone.
However, even in attempting to console a country after 31 individuals were killed, he couldn’t even properly follow a teleprompter. As the screen read “Texas and Ohio,” Trump mistakenly said, “May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo.”
And though the speech did call for unity, many also people found it disingenuous considering the president’s actions since assuming office.
Countless Democrats, TV hosts, and others argued that the New York Times’ headline lacked proper context.
Complaints from Trump
Though the president decried the headline change, the second version wasn’t untrue. While Trump condemned “racism, bigotry, and white supremacy,” he did ignore the topic of gun control. Instead, he blamed video games, “mental illness,” and the internet for the violence.
In a tweet, Trump quoted Mark Penn, a former advisor to the Clintons who had recently been on Fox News. According to Trump, Penn called the title change “an astounding development in journalism,” and said he’d “just never seen anything like this!”