Family of Couple Who Died Protecting Their Baby During El Paso Shooting Getting Death Threats
Tito Anchonondo, who lost his brother, Andre, and sister-in-law, Jordan, in the El Paso mass shooting, is now receiving death threats for defending President Trump.
Anchonondo wanted his 2-month-old nephew to meet Trump and the First Lady so he took the baby to the hospital last Wednesday. The baby suffered two broken fingers but had survived the shooting because his parents shielded him from bullets.
Anchonondo told NPR before meeting Trump, “I just want to have a human-to-human talk with him and see how he feels.” He explained, “I want to see his reaction in person. I want to see if he’s genuine and see if my political views are right or wrong. And see if he feels maybe some kind of remorse for statements that he’s made. I just want to have a human-to-human talk with him and see how he feels.” Anchondo also told NPR that his family are conservative Republicans.”My brother was very supportive of Trump,” he said.
After meeting with the president, Anchonondo defended Trump by saying he “wasn’t there to be pushing any kind of political agenda.” He told the Washington Post, “He was just there as a human being, consoling us and giving us condolences.”
Now, Anchonondo and his family are getting death threats for defending Trump. According to Time Magazine, the Anchonondo family doesn’t wish to discuss their visit with Trump in detail because of the threats. Anchonondo said, “We should be coming together as a country at this time instead of threatening each other with hate messages.”
The photo taken of Trump with his thumb up and Melania holding the baby made some very angry especially after CNN’s panel criticized the president saying: “What you have is a picture of a president who has an empathy deficit. He keeps acting like a malfunctioning automaton with these opportunities. It’s not too much to expect that the president would act like a normal human being.”