Here is more evidence that teens—specifically, the cohort of South Florida teens singlehandedly pushing elected officials to strengthen gun laws—are better than all of us.
In an incredible anecdote that will forever underscore the deeply nuanced emotional landscape of teenage minds, Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Samantha Fuentes recounted a call she received from President Donald Trump in the wake of her recovery.
With no further spoilers, here is that story, courtesy of The New York Times (emphasis mine):
Samantha Fuentes, who was shot in both legs during the Parkland assault, said she had felt no reassurance during a phone call from the president to her hospital room last week.
“He said he heard that I was a big fan of his, and then he said, ‘I’m a big fan of yours too.’ I’m pretty sure he made that up,” she said in an interview after being discharged from the hospital. “Talking to the president, I’ve never been so unimpressed by a person in my life. He didn’t make me feel better in the slightest.”
Ms. Fuentes, who was left with a piece of shrapnel lodged behind her right eye, said Mr. Trump had called the gunman a “sick puppy” and said “‘oh boy, oh boy, oh boy,’ like, seven times.”
I’m still seeing stars at the deft and brilliant condescension a mere two paragraphs can hold. Please thank the teens of South Florida, who are somehow the first to point out how insanely bizarre it is that Trump frequently uses the term “sick puppy.”
Read the full story here.