Donald Trump’s chanting of names of Uvalde victims at NRA rally is blood curdling for critics

Former President Donald Trump’s mutilated recitation of the names of the 21 mass shooting victims from Uvalde, Texas at the National Rifle Association convention on Friday has chilled the blood of Twitter critics.

The names of the 19 children and two teachers, broken into barely recognizable syllables in Trump’s stumbling pronunciation, were interspersed with the mournful sound of a gong.

Despite the tragedy, Trump praised the NRA in his speech at his convention in Houston and ended his remarks with his fists clenched and his “cha-cha-cha” dance move.

He blamed the horrific bloodbath at another US school on ‘broken families’ – and called efforts to tackle gun violence ‘grotesque’.

Twitter users found the whole spectacle horrifying.

Journalist Justin Glave called Trump’s tribute to Uvalde’s victims “dystopian” and said the gongs seemed “to signal that the republic is doomed.”

One reviewer said the readings sounded like a sort ceremonial sacrifice to the NRA worship.

Many were stunned by Trump’s apparent unpreparedness to read the names of deceased children and their teachers.

Others had very different ideas for Trump’s dance of death at the end.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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