Report: WH Official Called Shooting A ‘Reprieve’ From Admin Coverage

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 03: The south facade of the White House,  including the Truman Balcony,   October 3, 2016 in Washington, DC.   (Photo by Brooks Kraft/ Getty Images)
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After the cable news networks turned their attention away from the scandals plaguing the White House to a deadly school shooting in Florida last week, one White House aide reportedly felt a sense of relief.

“For everyone, it was a distraction or a reprieve,” an unnamed White House official told the Washington Post. “A lot of people here felt like it was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just getting pummeled.”

The comment referring to the school shooting as a “reprieve” invited quick denunciation on Twitter, with several media figures pointing out the insensitive remark.

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