If President Trump is good at one thing, it’s using a situation to his advantage.
Last August, Rosie Ayliffe lost her daughter after a deranged man chased her through a hostel before stabbing her and another backpacker, who tried to defend her, to death.
21-year-old Mia Ayliffe-Chung had been backpacking in Australia when she was attacked by Smail Ayad, whom reportedly yelled “Allahu akbar” as he stabbed her. Ayad, with whom Ayliffe-Chung was not well acquainted, was known for rambling incoherently and was apparently infatuated with her.
— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) October 28, 2016
Despite rumors that Ayad was a terrorist or some kind of radical, Mrs. Ayliffe says that’s not at all the case.
‘Much nonsense is being spoken in the press about her alleged killer. He is not an Islamic fundamentalist, he has never set foot in a mosque.’
Police also backed up her sentiments after they ruled out terrorism as the motive behind the murder.
For months, the families of Mia Ayliffe-Chung and fellow backpacker, Tom Jackson, were able to mourn in peace.
That is, until Tuesday.
In yet another slimy attempt to convince his party and the American public that his Muslim ban is warranted, both families saw their slain children’s names appear on a White House list of terrorist attacks that they claim went largely “unnoticed.”
Mrs. Ayliffe, however, was disgusted when she heard about the news and felt the need to call out Trump for using two brutal murders to advance his personal political agenda. In an open letter posted to Facebook and Twitter, she wrote:
‘My daughter’s death will not be used to further this insane persecution of innocent people.’
— Rosie Ayliffe (@RosieAyliffe) February 7, 2017
Sandra Jackson, mother of the victim, Tom Jackson wrote on Facebook:
‘I’m pretty sure he and his advisors know full well — or could very easily verify — that Tom and Mia died not as the result of an act of terror but rather through the actions of a disturbed individual. Of course, that doesn’t suit his agenda.’
She also tweeted at Trump, writing:
‘@realDonaldTrump wake up this morning to see you’ve used my Son murder to further your campaign of hate, how dare you. You are a disgrace.’
@realDonaldTrump wake up this morning to see you've used my Son murder to further your campaign of hate, how dare you. You are a disgrace.
— Sandra Jackson (@sandrajackson11) February 7, 2017
Jackson told The Washington Post:
‘The fact anyone would want to make something political out of Tom dying is just beyond me. We’re still struggling to come to terms with it and probably never will. This has just brought the whole experience of last summer crashing about us.’
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