President Trump delivered remarks on Monday morning, in which he condemned the shooting as “an act of pure evil,” and called for unity.
President Trump began by thanking the Las Vegas law enforcement for finding the shooter quickly and preventing and even greater loss of life on Monday morning, as he spoke to the country for the first time since a lone gunman killed 50 and injured at least 200 more at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“It was an act of pure evil,” said the president while describing the horrific events of the Sunday night shooting.
He went on to recognize the families and loved ones of those killed.
“To the families of the victims: We are praying for you, and we are here for you. And we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.”
President Trump also invoked biblical scripture, “Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the broken hearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve.”
“In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half staff.”
The president then called for the country to come together after the heartbreaking events.
“In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one,” said the president, “And it always has.”
“We call upon the bonds that unite us: our faith, our family, and our shared values.”
He added, “We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our calming humanity.”
“Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today.”
“It always will, forever.”
The president continued to speak to the mourning country about how to deal with the traumatic event.
“In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos. The answers do not come easy.”
“Even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light, and even the most terrible dispair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.”
As he concluded, President Trump once again called for the unity as the nation begins to heal from the horrific events.
“We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace, and we pray for the day when evil is banished, and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.”
President Trump will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with local law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims.