Trump Draws Outrage For Tweet Blaming Florida Shooting Massacre on Russia Investigation

On Wednesday, a 19-year-old gunman opened fire at a Florida high school he was once expelled from, killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen others. On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller filed 13 indictments against Russians and alleged their meddling could have swayed the 2013 election to President Donald Trump.

And on Saturday night through Sunday morning, Trump sent out a frantic series of tweets — riddled with inaccuracies, typos and expletives — calling out the “Fake News Media” for their coverage of the Russia investigation, mocking Democrats for failing to pass gun control under Obama, and even attacking his own national security adviser.

But of all of the missives blasted out in a dizzying 12-hour span, one tweet has been singled out for its particularly shocking implications — one in which he seems to accuse the FBI of failing to stop the Florida high school massacre because of its focus on the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia:

Like many of the Trump tweets blasted out through the weekend from the comfort of his Mar-a-Lago resort, it is mostly inaccurate. Mueller’s probe into Russian interference is an independent office distinct from the Justice Department, and does not take part in investigations into possible school shooters in Florida.

Sure enough, Trump’s insinuation that the Russia investigation is the blame for one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history drew outrage from many online, including students and teachers from the Parkland High School where the massacre took place:

[image via Tasos Katopodis, Getty]

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