President Donald Trump took to his formidable Twitter account to denounce Democrats after they held a media briefing criticizing his trip to visit the victims of the Dayton, Ohio, massacre and their families.
"Just left Dayton, Ohio, where I met with the Victims & families, Law Enforcement, Medical Staff & First Responders," Trump tweeted. "It was a warm & wonderful visit. Tremendous enthusiasm & even Love."
"Then I saw failed Presidential Candidate (0%) Sherrod Brown & Mayor Whaley totally misrepresenting what took place inside of the hospital. Their news conference after I left for El Paso was a fraud," he added, apparently mistaking Brown for another presidential candidate.
"It bore no resemblance to what took place with those incredible people that I was so lucky to meet and spend time with. They were all amazing!o" he concluded with a typo.
In a media briefing after the president's visit, Democratic Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said they pressed Trump to pass more extensive gun control legislation.
Brown claimed that the president offered to give the police officers honors and awards, and that he scolded him instead.
"I said, Mr. President, respectfully, the most important thing you can do for these police officers is take these assault weapons off the streets," Brown claimed to have to told him in response, "so they don't have to go up against those assault weapons when they need to take down a shooter, when they need to make arrests."
But White House social media director Dan Scavino disputed their account and called them "disgraceful."
"Very SAD to see Ohio Senator Brown, & Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley - LYING & completely mischaracterizing what took place w/ the President's visit to Miami Valley Hospital today," Scavino tweeted. "They are disgraceful politicians, doing nothing but politicizing a mass shooting, at every turn they can.."
Brown called the president a bully and a coward in an email statement.
"I've said before Donald Trump is a bully and bullies are cowards," he said. "I don't care what he says about me. But the people of Dayton deserve a President more focused on protecting them from gun violence than protecting his own ego."
Here's the briefing with Brown and Whaley:
Mayor and senator speak after Trump's visit to Dayton www.youtube.com