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Top Trump Aide Said Trump Was Treated Like a ‘Rock Star’ Visiting Victims at Dayton Hospital

Donald Trump met in Ohio on Wednesday with victims and first responders from one of last weekend’s two deadly mass shootings that shocked the country, even as critics and protesters accused him of inflaming tensions with anti-immigrant and racially charged rhetoric.

Trump visited Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, where the victims were treated after nine people and the suspect were killed in a rampage early on Sunday.

Crowds of protesters outside the hospital set up a “baby Trump” blimp balloon, chanted “Do Something!” and held signs reading “Hate not welcome here,” “Stop this terror,” and “You are why.”

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said on Twitter that Trump stopped by hospital rooms and met with patients while thanking the medical staff for their work.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley were along for the hospital tour and they said they asked Trump to pressure Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to bring up gun control legislation for a vote.

“Both the mayor and I asked the president to call on Senator McConnell to bring the Senate back in session this week,” Brown said. “He was only saying we would get things done. I then later asked the president that if he cares about mental health, the important thing is to not repeal the Affordable Care Act.”

Brown and Whaley gave a press conference Wednesday following their meeting with Trump Wednesday following a mass shooting that left nine people dead. Whaley was asked if she felt like the president “heard her.”

“I think he heard me, but I don’t know if he will take action. I’m hoping, for the people of Dayton, that he does,” she said.

Whaley also said she was not optimistic for incoming changes.

“I’m not holding my breath. Too often we just see complete inaction because they are waiting just for time so people can forget that nine people died in Dayton. Because of a gun that shouldn’t be legal, frankly,” Whaley said. “Washington will not move.”

But apparently that rubbed White House Social Media Advisor Dan Scavino the wrong way, because he quickly tweeted that Trump was treated like a “rock star” at the hospital.

Twitter was disgusted:

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