Pro-tip to any organization, government or private, hoping to smooth the public relation waters post-tragic scandal: don’t post photos online wherein you brag about wasting money on superficial nonsense only teenage boys are proud of. Specifically, don’t be the sheriff’s department which dropped the ball not once, but multiple times on a school shooter, which resulted in the deaths of 17 children. If you, unfortunately, are that department, don’t ask for validation on your new car’s new paint job. Basics.
Here’s the original tweet:
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) June 24, 2018
Before we get to the responses, just marvel at the tone-deafness for a second. Think of it as a moment of silence for the mind-numbing stupidity it took to tweet those words with that photo following a tragedy, the onus of which was on the same department.
If you think it’s bad, you’re not alone. Here are the best (in my opinion) responses:
You ignored 45 calls to your office and worked with Runcie to prevent a criminal from establishing a record that would have barred him from buying a gun — for which you publicly blamed me. You’re a cowardly clown. https://t.co/SpOGoedOeA
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 25, 2018
A nice car for your officers to hide behind when shit hits the fan. At least they can look like cowards in style https://t.co/uNercP2luW
— Joe Biggs (@Rambobiggs) June 25, 2018
No, I'd prefer you do your job and not let kids die. Maybe spend the money on… training? Just a thought. https://t.co/8isBulzzlf
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 25, 2018
Your officers do a lot of dodging but very little charging. https://t.co/SFuK2AoSD3
— neontaster (@neontaster) June 25, 2018
Just gonna go ahead and assume this car stalls out just when you need it most https://t.co/kqkNejQJlv
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) June 25, 2018
Yes it’s beautiful. It will look stunning sitting in school parking lots and not doing anything https://t.co/Fwr7xar3oW
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) June 25, 2018
I’m struggling to think of a relevant comparison here. Let’s go the Trump route. Let’s pretend Donald Trump made a misstep. Let’s say he ignored multiple warnings that ISIS was going to behead like… the Jonas Brothers. They’re still a thing, yes? I’m rolling with it. Let’s say, after all those warnings, the Jonas Brothers go the way of Anne Boleyn. If you don’t understand the historical reference, use the Google machine.
There’s outrage. There’s a scandal. There are TV specials dedicated to how awful Trump is for not heeding the signs. The candlelight vigils for each and every Jonas is run constantly on all social media platforms. Teenage girls will never be the same.
Then, months later, Donald Trump tweets “Look at my new drone fleet. Look how shiny! Got them specially painted. Orange to match my hair. Do you like the paint job?”
Someone needs to get fired, the car needs to be sold, the funds should go to the victims of Parkland. As a start.
I don’t want to hear about taxpayer funds used to run a “how not to be a brainless fart winkle” conference held at the department. You can’t fix this kind of idiocy without first stepping into a full bathtub to blowdry your hair.