They say an image is worth a thousand words.
One image today proves that adage to be true. President Trump visited Las Vegas Wednesday in the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting Sunday. The shooting left dozens of Americans dead and hundreds more injured.
On the trip, the president visited with medical staff and those injured by the shooter and also with police and first responders. At the Las Vegas police station, the president said:
“I visited the hospital earlier today where many victims are still recovering from their wounds, and we ask God to ease their suffering and to speed their healing. We pray for the recovery of the injured and those injured officers who so bravely threw themselves into danger when duty called. And we grieve the loss of the law enforcement personnel who were killed in this vicious attack.
Our souls are stricken with grief for every American who lost a husband or a wife, a mother or a father, a son or a daughter. We know that your sorrow feels endless. We stand together to help you carry your pain. You’re not alone. We will never leave your side.”
However, the image that was most powerful from the trip actually happened while Trump was leaving the city. A Reuters photographer snapped a photo of Air Force One taking off, passing the iconic golden glass of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. In the frame was the shattered windows of the room the shooter had occupied and shot through.
The image is a haunting one:
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) October 4, 2017
A powerful image. A nation still in mourning.