Parkland Survivor Morgan Williams Called Out Donald Trump for Using His Hospital Visit as a Photo Op

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Morgan Williams, a survivor of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, called out President Donald Trump today for using a photo of another survivor from the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in an email soliciting donations for his reelection campaign.

“Don’t you f*cking dare use a photo of one of my best friends for your benefit,” Morgan said in a retweet of The Hill‘s coverage of the story. “If you truly cared, maybe you would have stayed at the hospital longer than 20 minutes.”

According to The Hill, the weekly newsletter sent out on Saturday, February 24, opened with a photo of the president and First Lady Melania Trump beside a hospital bed occupied by 17-year-old Madeleine Wilford, who was injured in the shooting. Trump visited the hospital on Friday, February 16, two days after the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in which the shooter used a semiautomatic rifle to kill 17 people.

“The nation has turned its attention to the senseless school shooting in Parkland, Florida,” the email read, according to The Hill. “The President is now engaging in an important national conversation about school safety and ways to prevent any future attacks. President Trump is taking steps towards banning gun bump stocks and strengthening background checks for gun purchasers.”

At the end of the email, the campaign included buttons offering readers the chance to donate to Trump’s reelection campaign or to buy Trump swag.

The president also posted the photo and several others on Instagram the day he visited Madeleine with the caption: “Our entire Nation, with one heavy heart, continues to pray for the victims and their families in Parkland, Florida.”

Many of the survivors have asked not for prayers but for advocacy and change. And while Time reports that Trump has promised to do more to solve the gun epidemic in the U.S., ABC News reports that his proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 cuts $12 million of funding for the background check system.

Teen Vogue has reached out to the Trump campaign for comment. At the time of publication, Morgan and Madeleine’s family had not responded to requests for comment.