According to The Washington Post, the White House may have seen the Parkland school shooting as a “reprieve” of sorts, because the nation has shifted to a discussion on gun violence providing an excuse for the administration’s press shop to hide from the media.
John Kelly was supposed to address the press corps over the Rob Porter domestic abuse scandal. The briefing, however, was canceled in the wake of the shooting. No subsequent on-camera briefings have been scheduled and the next one could be this Tuesday, a full week since the last one.
A White House official told the Post that the tragedy “was a distraction or a reprieve,” adding that a “lot of people here felt like it was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just getting pummeled.”
The official compared this situation to last October’s Las Vegas shooting that left 58 dead and over 500 injured, indicating the tragedy provided some political calm. “But as we all know, sadly, when the coverage dies down a little bit, we’ll be back through the chaos,” the official noted.
Hear what Twitter has to say
The blood of children offered them a respite, whatever you might think of the depravity of @whitehouse think something worse.
— Lawrence Connolly (@LawrenceConnol2) February 19, 2018
They're relieved that a mass shooting saved them from all the scandal news? 🤢🤢🤢
— WMR (@Jinxy_Minxy) February 19, 2018
Honestly, this makes me nauseous. They should have shame. And, guess what, we can do two things at once – focus on the massacre AND focus on the scandal of this house of horrors
— Craig (@CraigNJ66) February 19, 2018
A massacre seen as a positive: I literally can't imagine what it would be like to have such a horrifying worldview
— Liz Loveland (@lizl_genealogy) February 19, 2018
The depths of their awfulness knows no bounds
— Ben (@bwoxen14) February 19, 2018
“The death of 17 children came at the perfect time, really took the heat off our lying”
— Matt Swift (@Cellularlinks) February 19, 2018