Donald Trump Said ‘We Have to Get Over It’ About School Shooting in Perry, Iowa, in January 2024?

An account on X posted a video of a remark that the former president had made during a speech in Iowa.

Claim – On Jan. 5, 2024, during a presidential campaign speech delivered in Sioux Center, Iowa, former U.S. President Donald Trump said of the previous day’s school shooting in Perry, Iowa, “We have to get over it.”

Donald Trump appeared to ad lib this remark while delivering a prepared statement during a presidential campaign speech that included expressing his “support” and “deepest sympathies” for the victims and their families. His complete remarks about the shooting have been transcribed in the story below.

On Jan. 5, 2024, the X account @BidenHQ – one that CNN once dubbed as U.S. President Joe Biden’s “rapid response account” for his campaign’s reelection – posted a video of former U.S. President Donald Trump with the caption, “Trump on Iowa’s deadly school shooting yesterday: It’s horrible but we have to get over it.”

We rate this as correct attribution.

The post referenced a school shooting on Jan. 4 at Perry High School in Perry, Iowa. According to The Associated Press, the shooting left one sixth-grader dead and six other staffers and students injured. The shooter also reportedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Trump’s delivered his remarks heard in the video during a 2024 presidential campaign speech at Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Upon a review of his full comments, we found that he had called the shooting “terrible” four different times and had said the words, “We have to get over it.” The moment appeared to be an ad lib that followed the reading of a prepared statement, in which he expressed his “deepest sympathies” to the victims and their families.

We transcribed Trump’s complete remarks to the rally crowd:

Before going further, I want to send our support and our deepest sympathies to the victims and families touched by the terrible school shooting yesterday in Perry, Iowa. To the entire community: We love you, we pray for you and we ask God to heal and comfort really the whole state and the pain that you have. This is something that’s very unique to your state. We’re really with you, as much as anybody can be. It’s a very terrible thing that happened. And it’s just terrible to see that happening. It’s just terrible. So surprising to see it here. But, we have to get over it. We have to move forward. We have to move forward. But, to the relatives and to all of the people that are so devastated right now, to a point they can’t breathe, they can’t live, we are with you all the way. We’re with you and we love you and cherish you.

*Trump’s full comments about the school shooting can also be watched in this live YouTube video from Right Side Broadcasting Network. The remarks pertinent to the shooting begin when the clock in the lower-right corner displays “5:37 PM ET.”


Is the Actor Who Played the Karate Kid More Than 60 Years Old Now

A whole generation began to feel very old when a number of TikTok videos claimed that Ralph Macchio, the actor who played Daniel Larusso in “The Karate Kid” film franchise of the 1980s was more than 60 years old.

Many on TikTok expressed shock at what appeared to be Macchio’s ageless features.

It is true that Macchio is now 62 years old. According to his IMDb page he was born in November 1961.

He confirmed his age in a September 2022 interview with Jimmy Kimmel, where he was asked about how people around him reacted when they learned his real age. Macchio said people were “maybe a little surprised” and then admitted he was 60 years old.

The exchange can be heard at the 1:05 mark:

In November 22 this year, news broke about a new ad# Karate Kid movie in the works with Macchio and Chinese star Jackie Chan, who had appeared in a 2010 reboot of the series. Chan and Macchio announced a global casting call to find the new teenage star of the film.


Times Square’s New Year Eve Party Uses Confetti Strips With People’s Wishes Written on Them

If you have a hope or wish for 2024, it can be part of New York City’s famous New Year’s Eve Times Square celebration, albeit in a small way.

Claim- The confetti that drops in Times Square on New Year’s Eve bears people’s hopes and dreams, written or printed on each piece of paper. People can write these hopes and dreams on Post-it notes year round at the Times Square Visitor Center.

In early December 2023, organizers for the annual party started collecting submissions for the “Wishing Wall” — an initiative where anyone can share their wishes for the coming year, and then those messages will appear on confetti that drops over Times Square on New Year’s Eve. The small pieces of confetti will carry people’s dreams and hopes for 2024.

The Wishing Wall is an annual tradition. In 2022, however, a meme misleadingly claimed that a year-round visitor center wall would also allow people to share their hopes and dreams on Post-it notes that would be later used as part of the confetti drop on New Year’s Eve. However, submissions are not accepted year round, contrary to the Pinterest post below:

The Wishing Wall can be found in Manhattan at the Times Square Plaza between 46th and 47th streets, and will be open every day of December except for Christmas Day, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., until Dec. 29, 2023. For people who cannot submit wishes in person, a digital option allows submissions through an online form until Dec. 28, on the Times Square website, or on the website of its sponsor, Planet Fitness. Digital wishes submitted after that date will be saved for next year’s New Year’s celebration.

According to the official website for Times Square:

Whether it’s a personal goal, a dream for the future or doing something for the very first time, these wishes are added to over a ton of confetti that floats down at midnight onto the revelers gathered in Times Square in celebration of the new year. Be a part of this most magical night by making your wish in person through our mobile Wishing Wall on the plazas or by sharing your New Year’s wish with us below or on Twitter and Instagram using #ConfettiWish. We will add it to the thousands of others released above Times Square at midnight on New Year’s Eve for all the world to see!

According to one report in the New York Post, the Wishing Wall has appeared every December since 2007. Around 3,000 pounds of confetti reportedly will shower down on New Year’s Eve to mark the beginning of 2023. The confetti showering has taken place in Times Square since 1992.

Falling confetti in Times Square on New Year’s Eve does carry people’s hopes and dreams, but there is no option to submit them via Post-it notes year round. As such, we rate this claim as “Mostly True.”