TN political leaders decry church shooting; Trump silent

Tennessee politicians expressed concern and sympathy for victims of a Sunday shooting in an Antioch church that left one woman dead and seven others injured, mostly in tweets. While collecting some of those tweets in one story, The Tennessean also reports that President Donald Trump did not tweet condolences as he “spent Sunday in a Twitter battle with professional athletes over patriotism.”

Sample Tennessee politician tweets:

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry: “This is a terrible tragedy for our city. My heart aches for the family and friends of the deceased as well as for the wounded victims and their loved ones. Their lives have been forever changed, as has the life of their faith community at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. My administration, especially the Metro Police Department, will continue to work with community members to stop crime before it starts, encourage peaceful conflict resolution and promote non-violence.”

Gov. Bill Haslam:  “Crissy and I are praying for the victims of the violence at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ and are committed to supporting the Antioch community in the aftermath of this tragedy.”

Similar sentiments were voiced by U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, state House Speaker Beth Harwell and others.

As for Trump, The Tennessean says, “The White House press office did not respond to an inquiry about whether the president would have any comment on the shooting.”

Note: We won’t get into the uproar over Trump and football players refusing to join in reciting the national anthem prior to games, which is more than adequately covered by virtually every media outlet in the country, except to note that, at Sunday’s NFL game at Nashville between the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks, all players from both teams stayed in their locker rooms while the national anthem was players. The Tennessean story on that is HERE.

One Response to TN political leaders decry church shooting; Trump silent

  • Henry Walker says:

    Every Tennessee gubernatorial and senate candidate should be asked whether he or she agrees with Trump that any NFL player who refuses to stand for the national anthem should be fired.
    This is just not a sports story. Political reporters get busy.

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