At Tuesday afternoon’s White House press briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the Trump administration had reached out to James Shaw Jr., the man credited with helping stop a murderous rampage that left four people dead at a Nashville-area Waffle House. (To date, Donald Trump has not commented publicly on Shaw’s heroism.)
“My understanding is that there has been an outreach effort to bring him here to the White House,” Sanders claimed.
Isn’t that nice? A White House meeting! What an honor. What a privilege. Except according to journalist Yashar Ali, Shaw hasn’t actually heard anything from the White House in the more than one week since the shooting actually took place.
As Ali cautions, Shaw not hearing directly from the White House doesn’t necessarily mean there hasn’t been any effort on the part of the administration. But if the president of the United States is beaten to the punch by a local hockey team, well, it sure doesn’t look good. I have reached out to the White House for comment and will update if I hear back.