Trump gets criticised for a word he used in his initial tweet about Las Vegas

Donald trumpAlex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump makes a statement on the Las Vegas mass shooting at the Diplomatic Room of the White House October 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.

US President Donald Trump earned some criticism for his choice of words in a tweet expressing sympathy with victims of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “God bless you!”

Critics focused on Trump’s use of the word “warmest” to describe his condolences, arguing it made his tweet sound inappropriately cheerful. 

One of the sharpest observations came from Kory Stamper, an editor for the dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster, who noted the subtle difference between “warmest” and “deepest.”

It’s not the first time Trump has caught heat for the tone of his tweets following a disaster. In late August, after Hurricane Harvey dumped a record amount of rain on parts of Texas and Louisiana, Trump issued a series of tweets in which he seemed to marvel at the historic size of the storm.

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