Americans need to turn off their TVs and look into President Donald Trump on their own, said Andrew Pollack, father of Meadow Pollack who was slain in the Parkland shooting
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre on Valentine’s Day 2018 proved to be a catalyst for a huge movement in school safety, led in no small part by the parents of the victims, and helped a great deal by President Trump.
Parkland dads like Ryan Petty, Andrew Pollack, and Max Schachter, who each lost children in the attack, have been working hard to advocate sensible, bipartisan school safety reforms. While they have not gotten nearly the same amount of attention as the more famous firebrand student gun control advocates, the parents have been extremely effective in bringing to light necessary changes in school policies that would make students safer.
Trump has been involved in school safety reform since the very beginning, visiting with and calling the parents of the victims even when local school board leadership didn’t. When dad Andrew Pollack called on Trump to form a commission on school safety, the president did. The report created by the commission was released in December, and the Administration immediately took action by rescinding harmful Obama-era policies that had made schools unsafe. Still, because Trump has been working on practical school safety reforms and not banning guns (although he did ban bump stocks), he’s been subject to a great deal of ridicule and hatred from his critics on the left.
One year after the tragedy, Trump posted a touching tribute to the MSD victims. Andrew Pollack retweeted the tribute with a message of his own praising the president’s work over the past year:
You'll never get the full story from the media, but since the moment I lost my beautiful princess last year in Parkland, President @realDonaldTrump has been gracious & 110% supportive of my family. Anytime I've asked for help, he has delivered. GREAT President! #FixIt https://t.co/O51LhDdpvG
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) February 14, 2019
Then Trump did something awesome: he retweeted Pollack a few days later – on Pollack’s birthday – with a personal message referencing his daughter Meadow:
Thank you Andrew – We all miss beautiful Meadow! https://t.co/a5PLSwpJyx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2019
Why is this awesome? Because it shows that Trump is sincerely involved with school safety reforms, and really cares about those impacted by school violence. The President gets millions of tweets a day from supporters and critics, that he took the time to give a personal message to a grieving father on his birthday is wonderful and thoughtful. Further, the huge promotion to his millions of followers gave Pollack thousands of more followers, so he can more effectively promote his school safety advocacy and the release of his new book on the tragedy Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies that Created the Parkland Killer and Endanger America’s Students.
America’s parents and school children should thank parents like Andrew Pollack for their tireless advocacy, and be grateful the president is doing all he can to work with these advocates and make schools safe.