Who would you want as president in a time of crisis? The Chelsea explosion tested Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s mettle and found one of them wanting.
At around midnight on Sunday, Bryan Llenas from Fox News announced that people heard a “boom sound” between 6th and 7th Avenues in New York City’s Chelsea district. The Chelsea explosion, Llenas said, “wasn’t terribly loud, but we definitely heard it from here.” Llenas also noted that police had removed a pressure cooker from a building and described the incident as a possible “controlled explosion.”
The NY Police Commissioner added that 29 people were injured in the Chelsea explosion. Thankfully, only one was in “serious condition” and none are dead.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 18, 2016
NY News 1 later reported the pressure cooker was found “attached to wiring and a cell phone.” But Mayor DeBlasio declared that even if the Chelsea explosions were set off on purpose, we can’t jump to conclusions about the culprit’s motives without more evidence.
‘Tonight New York City experienced a very serious incident. [But]…There is no evidence at this point of a terror connection.’
A second device that may have been a bomb was also found by NYPD. One was found in a dumpster, the second was found in a suspicious package on West 27th Street.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton react to the Chelsea explosions.
Of course, the press asked the two presidential candidates for their thoughts on the Chelsea Explosions. Their reactions were basically what you’d expect. Business Insider reports Donald Trump immediately spoke as though he assumed the bombing was a terrorist attack. At a rally in Colorado Springs, he declared:
‘I must tell you that just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York. And nobody knows exactly what’s going on […] We better get very tough, folks. We better get very, very tough.’
Yikes. That’s scary. As a leader, you should calm people down, not frighten them.
A soberin' thought: Trump's missiles would have already struck their targets before officials even determined cause of #ChelseaExplosion.
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) September 18, 2016
Although Hillary Clinton also initially referred to the Chelsea explosions as a “bombing,” her reaction was far more measured. Nor did she assume a terrorist attack.
‘”I’ve been briefed about the bombings in New York and New Jersey,” she said, referring to both the Manhattan blast and the pipe bomb that detonated in a Jersey Shore town before a Marine charity run.’
When a reporter pressed the former secretary of state and senator from New York for her response, a sleepy but still lucid Clinton declared:
‘It’s important to know the facts about any incident like this. I think it’s always wiser to wait until you have information before making conclusions’
Whether or not you like Hillary Clinton or agree with all of her policies (this writer doesn’t), or think she’s too hawkish (this writer does), she still comes across as someone you want around in a crisis. She’s the kind of pragmatic person who wants to take action. One of her first reactions is to mention the need to gather facts and find ways to help. Even as you accuse her of being too cozy with the Powers-That-Be, you also know she’s got them all on speed dial.
HRC refers to “bombings in New York,” then is asked if Trump jumped the gun when he immediately called it a “bomb” pic.twitter.com/MBaMvRMJUr
— Brett LoGiurato (@BrettLoGiurato) September 18, 2016
Donald Trump, on the other hand, is the kind of person who immediately wants to blame someone and find ways to persecute and punish people. You definitely don’t want those tiny, twitchy Trump fingers anywhere near the phone numbers of anyone important, let alone the nuclear codes.