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Vice Mayor Says It Is ‘Absurd’ and ‘Hypocritical’ for Trump to Visit Florida After Mass Shooting


President Donald Trump said Friday he will visit Florida in the wake of Wednesday’s mass shooting, but at least one person wants him to back off: Broward County Vice Mayor and Commissioner Mark D. Bogen, a Democrat.

Wednesday’s mass shooting left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. Cops say Nikolas Cruz, a former student, did it with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, though they’ve yet to offer an alleged motive.

The incident sparked off another gun control debate. How best to prevent this from happening in the future? Should semiautomatic rifles be taken off the market? The president on Thursday tried to center the debate on mental illness.

Bogen criticized the president after the announcement of the visit.

“This is a man who supports teenagers & other people to buy assault weapons…then comes down here & wants to act as though this is horrible, this shouldn’t happen, but goes back to Washington and supports it,” he said, according to CNN. “It is hypocrisy. It is absolute hypocrisy.”

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