After I wrote a piece Sunday on the lack of empathy showed by Donald Trump in the wake of the Orlando shootings — and why that was a bad thing for his chances of winning this fall — I heard from a lot of smart people who vehemently disagreed with that analysis.
“I actually think because this is getting cast as terrorism, his response will work with a lot of people,” said one Democratic pollster, echoing a sentiment that I have heard a lot over the past 24 hours.
And, judging from Trump’s tweets and public statements over the past 24 hours, it’s clear that he believes empathy isn’t really what people are looking for anymore. “Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,” Trump said on Fox News on Monday morning. He had previously called for Obama to resign over his handling of the Orlando terrorism incident. And his Twitter feed is filled with lots of this sort of rhetoric….