On Sunday, April 22 at 3:25 a.m., a 29-year-old Travis Reinking killed four innocent people at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee. As Reinking was reloading his AR-15, which was reportedly given to him by his father (who was ordered by a court not to give him the guns back because of mental health issues), James Shaw Jr., 29, managed to wrestle the weapon out of his hands. Reinking, who was naked, fled on foot and was finally captured by police on April 24.
Thanks to Shaw, many lives were saved. He has been honored by the city of Nashville and has appeared on every television show from The Ellen DeGeneres Show to Good Morning America. However, there was one person he hadn’t heard from: the president. Trump finally decided to call Shaw on Monday, May 14 — 22 days after the shooting.
Shaw spoke to TMZ about the call, saying, “The conversation was a little lackluster, to be honest with you. I know he’s very busy with what’s going on in the world. And like I said, I did this for no recognition at all, so I do thank him for calling me out of his busy schedule.” He also added their talk was “brief but it was straight to the point.”
See the interview below:
As we all know, Trump isn’t great with phone calls to Black folks. When he called Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, 45 reportedly couldn’t remember Sgt. La David Johnson’s name and said he “knew what he signed up for.”
Shaw has raised nearly $242,000 for the families of the victims and has himself been the recipient of another GoFundMe to raise money for him and his daughter in appreciation for his actions.