By Lauren Wynn
Yesterday was Donald Trump’s 71st birthday. His day began with tragic news of a shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria – likely politically motivated and perhaps a direct attack on his administration. Our news feeds and television screens were filled with every minute detail of this event for twelve straight hours, but it was far from the only important story of the day.
Let’s take a look at a few:
In the early morning hours, UVA Student, Otto Warmbier, arrived back in the United States after 17 months in North Korean captivity. He is in a coma after suffering what is described by hospital officials as a “severe neurological injury.”
We also saw a probable workplace shooting at a UPS facility in San Francisco, where five individuals were shot, costing three of them their lives – an event that received cursory mention amidst the wall-to-wall coverage of the shooting affecting our Nation’s Capitol.
One hundred ninety-six Democrat Representatives filed a lawsuit against President Trump for violation of the Emoluments clause of the US Constitution for his ongoing business dealings.
Meanwhile, over on the Senate side, a $500 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia passed by a vote of 53 – 47, paving the way for the delivery of precision guided munitions to the country, but also taking aim at the President’s new arms deal brokered during his recent trip to the region.
UN war crimes investigators reported “staggering loss of civilian life” from US air strikes in Syria. Trump’s decision to engage in the strikes is contrary to his past assertions that the US should “stay the hell out of Syria.”
Michigan attorneys filed an emergency injunction to prevent the deportation of more than 100 Iraqis, following a mass round up. Many of those facing deportation are Christians who could be subjected to severe persecution upon their return. The roundup is a just one of many across the country resulting from the Trump administration’s heightened focus on immigration enforcement.
Toward the end of the day, the wall-to-wall coverage of the Republican Baseball Shooting was interrupted with breaking news from the Washington Post: President Trump is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice.
Mr. President, your birthday was punctuated by events that will have far-reaching, life-altering effects on families, communities and, indeed, even nations. To what extent these events are attributable to you, your administration or the political climate you’ve created is open to debate, but one thing is certain: there are people who will never forget your 71st birthday – and not in a good way. Thanks to Special Counsel Mueller, we imagine – and some perhaps even hope – you are among them.