Trump Cuts Funding For Mental Health Then Blames Mental Illness For Texas Church Shooting

Trump went out of his way to call the church shooting in Sutherland, Texas a mental health issue, but his budget makes huge cuts in mental health programs, on top of those with mental health issues who would lose their health insurance if Obamacare is repealed.

Trump said:

Well, as far as the North Korean people are concerned, Steve, I think that these are great people. They’re under a very repressive regime, and I really think that, ultimately — I can tell you this — that I hope it all works out. It would be better for everybody. Certainly would be better for North Korea, but it would be better for everybody. So we hope that’s going to take place.

As far as your second question, which is really the first part of your question, I think that mental health is your problem here. This was a very — based on preliminary reports — very deranged individual. A lot of problems over a long period of time. We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries.

But this isn’t a guns situation. I mean, we could go into it, but it’s a little bit soon to go into it. But, fortunately, somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction, otherwise it would have been — as bad it was, it would have been much worse.

But this is a mental health problem at the highest level. It’s a very, very sad event. These are great people, and a very, very sad event. But that’s the way I view it. Thank you.

The problem is that Trump’s budget cuts $400 million from mental health programs. It is estimated that 1.2 million people with serious mental health and substance abuse issues will lose their health insurance if Obamacare is repealed.

Republicans can’t have it both ways. They can’t blame mental illness only for mass shootings and then cut funding for mental health programs while increasing to high powered firearms. It doesn’t take a genius to understand the outcome when those variables are combined. If Trump and Republicans truly believe that mental health is the issue, spend more money on mental health programs, and don’t throw mentally ill people off of their health insurance coverage by repealing Obamacare.

Trump and the GOP will say anything to avoid blaming the gun, but that won’t do is put their money where their mouths are and fund, not cut, mental health programs.