Man in Trump hat prompts confusion by showing up near scene of Texas school shooting with gun and American flag

TwitterThis man’s presence generated confusion among other people at the scene.
  • A man wearing a Trump campaign hat showed up near the scene of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday.
  • He carried an American flag and had a handgun at his waist, telling a reporter he was there to “Make America Great Again” and offer “support.”
  • At least eight people were killed in the latest mass-shooting incident at one of the nation’s schools.

A man wearing a Trump campaign hat showed up near the scene of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday with an American flag and a handgun at his waist, telling a reporter he was there to “Make America Great Again.”

The man, who has not been identified, said he was there to offer his “support.”

His presence generated confusion among other people at the scene.

“This idiot is walking down the street with a damn pistol at his side where we just had kids get shot. I’m a gun-rights person, I have guns, OK? But this idiot is walking down here and saying he needs to ‘Make America Great Again.’ That’s not what America needs. America needs prayers,” one bystander said.

At least eight people were killed in Friday’s shooting, most students, according to authorities.

Responding to the shooting, President Donald Trump said his administration is “determined to do everything in our power” to keep students safe.

Trump has been a staunch defender of gun rights throughout his tenure and pledged to uphold Second Amendment rights at the NRA convention in Texas in early May.

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