President Donald Trump gave a statement offering words of healing in the wake of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas that claimed more than 50 lives.
Trump began his speech saying, “We are joined together today in sadness, shock and grief.” He then went on to call the shooting “an act of pure evil.”
Trump quickly praised Las Vegas law enforcement and first responders for finding the shooter so quickly and preventing more loss of life. He called their work “miraculous.”
The president then pivoted to comforting the victims and their family members, saying, “We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims, we are praying for you, we are here for you.”
Trump has directed the flag be flown at half-staff, and he plans to visit Las Vegas to meet with victims, victims’ families and first responders.
After quoting Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit,” Trump called on America to be bound together in love following this senseless act.
“In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one. And it always has,” he said. “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.”
He closed the address saying, “May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost. May God give the grace of healing and may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on. Thank you. God bless America.”