- The Washington Times - Monday, October 2, 2017


President Donald Trump struck a heavy and most appropriate spiritual note during delivery of remarks at the White House about the horror that unfolded overnight in Las Vegas.

Speaking of the dozens killed and 500-plus injured by the gunfire of Stephen Paddock, Trump called out the “act of pure evil” and appealed for the nation to pray and join together in love.

“We are joined together today in sadness, shock and grief,” Trump opened. “It was an act of pure evil.”

He praised law enforcement for the speedy response and credited officers for showing “what true professionalism is all about.”

And to the families of the victims?

“We are praying for you. We are here for you,” Trump said.

And then he turned to the Bible for comfort.

“Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed,” Trump said, acknowledging that answers for such tragedies are nevertheless hard to come by.

“We call upon the bonds that tie,” he said. “We feel great anger … [and] I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. … The answers do not come easy.”

But, he went on: “Even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope. … [and I] pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace and pray for the day when evil is banished.”

Comforting remarks — difficult remarks. And as Trump made clear: The prayers of a mourning nation are turned toward Las Vegas.

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