Parkland dad Andrew Pollack thanks President Trump in moving RNC speech
“She was just months away from graduating and beginning a new life,” said Andrew Pollack, at the opening night of the Republican National Convention.
“We were so proud of the woman she’d become. But in the hallway on the third floor, the gunman saw Meadow and shot her down the hallway, hitting her four times. After she was shot and on the floor, she crawled over to another student, a freshman girl, to protect her. She draped her body over her and then the scumbag gunman shot my daughter at point-blank range five more times, killing Meadow and the girl she was shielding,” Pollack said, recounting his daughter’s death in the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“I didn’t get to drop her off at college, I didn’t get to walk her down the aisle,” Said Pollack, lamenting his tragic loss.
Pollack went on to explain how he came to meet President Trump:
“I never wanted this to become a political spectacle, but it did. I never wanted to meet the president like this, but I did. I was invited to the White House…I really wasn’t interested in public events like a tour or a photo-op. I was interested in answers and solutions. So if the president wanted to meet me personally, I said I’d go. They said ‘of course that was his plan.’”
With a dignified New York accent Pollack provided a stoic account of how he came to respect the man on whose behalf he was now speaking:
“My family and I sat with the president in the Oval Office and told him about Meadow… I told him that his administration needed to take a closer look at what went wrong and why. And I got to see who President Trump really is. He’s a good man and a great listener, and he cuts through the B.S. Then the president did what he said he would do, he took action. He formed a school safety commission that issued dozens of recommendations to make schools safer. But I’ll bet you never heard about that,” said Pollack with a jab at the so-called mainstream media.
“Instead, the media turned my daughter’s murder into a coordinated attack on President Trump, Republicans, and our Second Amendment. In fact, when President Trump asked me and other parents of children that were murdered in school shootings, to join him as he announced the commission’s findings, the media’s first question wasn’t about protecting kids, shockingly they asked about the government shutdown,” Pollack said in a disappointed tone.
“President Trump turned to me, appalled, and said, ‘Andy, can you believe these people? We’re trying to talk about school safety and this is what they do,’” Pollack said, and then explained his own cynicism of the news media:
“But I could believe it. After my daughter’s murder, the media didn’t seem interested in the facts, so I found them myself. I learned that gun control laws didn’t fail my daughter, people did. The gunman had threatened to kill his classmates before. He had threatened to rape them. He had threatened to shoot up the school. Every red flag you could have imagined. But the school didn’t just miss these red flags, they knowingly ignored them.
“Far-left Democrats in our school district made this shooting possible. Because they implemented something they called, ‘Restorative Justice.’ This policy which really just blames teachers for student’s failures puts kids and teachers at risk, and makes shootings more likely.”
Restorative Justice, a theory that posits the idea that mediation can replace criminal justice, was highly criticized following the Parkland High School shooting because the shooter was allowed to remain in school under the program.
“The Obama-Biden Administration took Parkland’s bad policies and forced them into schools across America,” Pollack explained.
“When President Trump rescinded Obama’s guidance on Restorative Justice policies he put an end to that, and that meant the world to me,” says Pollack.
Pollack went on to chide former Vice President Joe Biden, who told a story on the campaign trail about meeting with the victim’s family members in the White House, despite having been out of office for more than two years when the shooting took place.
“It’s hard to tell how much Mr. Biden understands about what happened at Parkland, Mr. Biden has campaigned on bringing back Restorative Justice as part of his ‘unity platform’ with Bernie Sanders and has pledged to implement it in school districts across America,” Pollack said.
Of President Trump, Pollack said, “I truly believe the safety of our kids depends on whether this man is reelected.”
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