Police detectives were reportedly assigned to guard the mayor of Dayton, Ohio, after President Trump tweeted about her and she responded by calling him a “bully and a coward.”
Trump flew to Dayton to meet with victims of the recent shooting that killed nine and wounded many more. He also met with members of the Dayton Police Department, which was able to engage and kill the shooter less than a minute after the gunfire began.
Mayor Nan Whaley and Democratic Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, afterward held a press conference about the visit. During the conference, Whaley and Brown said the first responders and victims were grateful for the president’s visit, but noted that they also encouraged the president to support federal gun control legislation.
“Just left Dayton, Ohio, where I met with the Victims & families, Law Enforcement, Medical Staff & First Responders,” Trump tweeted after leaving Dayton. “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. 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!” he said.
….misrepresenting what took place inside of the hospital. Their news conference after I left for El Paso was a fraud. 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
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2019
Whaley later expressed confusion about the tweet, chalking it up to Trump living “in his world of Twitter.” She also said his tweets showed that he is a “bully and a coward.”
The Dayton Daily News reported that Whaley received a number of threats after the spat, leading to a security detail temporarily being assigned to her.
“Get the hell out of this country you disrespectful trash. Treason is death,” one message read.
“You’ll face Christ one day and I hate to say this but I will have no sympathy for you when you go to hell,” another read.
“This is the most extensive security I’ve ever had,” Whaley said. “They are here for my safety, and if they think it’s important, then I think it’s important.”
The 43-year-old mayor has received security in past. In 2014 she was shadowed by police after she agreed to officiate symbolic same-sex marriage ceremonies during Pride week. She was also provided security after she made comments expressing support for welcoming refugees.
City officials have not said what the cost of the extra security has been or confirmed exact details regarding the status of security situation.