Donald Trump only seems to care when certain people attack our nation, or when certain people in our nation are attacked. When a white supremacist plowed into a crowd and murdered Heather Heyer, there were “many fine people on both sides.” When Stephen Paddock wounded hundreds and murdered 58, Trump called him “sick” and “demented” – yet followed the NRA line of “nothing can be done.”
With the terrorist attack in NYC, Trump knew what to say instantly, though. It’s almost as if international terror suits his propaganda much better than the relatively common domestic terror attacks we face. Early this morning, he tweeted the following:
Twitter did not let him live it down:
This is just more self-serving noise from Trump. We don’t have all the facts yet, and it appears this was a lone wolf attack from someone who was radicalised over the internet. Trump’s rhetoric is actually very useful as a recruitment tool for terrorists like that, and Trump’s proposed ban would not have stopped him from entering the country. In other words, these tweets mean absolutely nothing. It’s just a call to his base.
Trump’s failure to lead during other disasters and the ongoing investigation into his campaign’s collusion with the Russian government are not going to be forgotten about as easily as Trump seems to think. Most of the country didn’t vote for him, and most of the country isn’t going to be bought off with worthless platitudes issues via Twitter.
What’s the plan to stop mass shootings, Trump? Or how about to combat the biggest terrorist threat we face in this nation – white supremacy? The fact is that not only is Trump’s administration not interested in fighting white supremacy, he’s actually enabling it, and not just on Twitter. One of the first things Trump did in office was slash millions from funding intended to combat white supremacy. From the Independent:
The US President froze $10 million (£7.7m) of grants destined to fight violent extremism in the US back in May.
More than 30 organisations had been pegged by former President Barack Obama’s office to receive the funding, but the White House put the grants on hold pending review soon after Mr Trump took office.
Among those approved were local governments, city police departments, universities and non-profit organisations fighting all forms of violent extremism in the US.
Former white supremacist Chuck Leek, who has since become a volunteer with Life After Hate – one of the organisations that was due to receive government funding – warned at the time that white supremacy in the US was becoming more active.
Trump knows that a large portion of the people who voted for him are white supremacists or support white supremacy, so he doesn’t have the same kind of strong feelings. If ISIS was a domestic group and supported Trump, you can bet he wouldn’t say anything, ever. The last time somebody drove into a crowd, he talked about “many fine people.” What’s the difference this time?
This is nothing more than fake outrage from a fake president.
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