Trump Addresses Las Vegas Shootings

President Donald Trump described the mass shooting at Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas last night as “pure evil,” while praising first responders and calling for unity in the wake of an attack that killed at least 58 and injured more than 400. 

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In a nationally televised speech, Trump announced he will visit Las Vegas Wednesday, offered words of support for victims and their loved ones, and ordered flags be flown at half-mast.

“Last night a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people, and wounded hundreds more,” Trump said. “It was an act of pure evil. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation, and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops.

“I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and all the first responders for their courageous efforts, and for helping to save the lives of so many. The speed with which they acted is miraculous, and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooters so quickly after the first shots were fired is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about.”

In closing, Trump called on faith, community and for an end to hatred and violence.

“In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one. And it always has. We call upon the bonds that unite us: our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity. Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence. And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today, and always will forever.”