On Friday, an incident that BBC calls “one of the deadliest militant attacks in modern Egyptian history” took place, with hundreds of Muslim worshipers murdered by a group of militants. The mosque at which the victims were assembled was bombed, and then when the worshipers tried to flee, the not immediately identified attackers opened fire upon them.
President Trump posted a message about the attack on Twitter this Friday morning, and although he initially stayed away from using the ban as an excuse to peddle the racist idea that a wall along the U.S./ Mexico border and a ban on travel from Muslim-majority countries are good ideas, after awhile, he couldn’t help himself.
‘Horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers in Egypt. The world cannot tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!’
His initial statement has at least the appearance of being reasonable, although the president deserves no accolades for finally seeming to respond to a terror attack without resorting to the “Muslims are evil” narrative.
His mention of militarily defeating Islamist terror groups is chilling considering his past propensity to incite war. It’s as if Trump only knows two ways of responding to a crisis in international relations — racism and warmongering.
Trump has repeatedly threatened military action against North Korea in response to the ever growing threat of that nation’s nuclear arsenal.
His string of comments against North Korea began back in August, when he said the U.S. would make “fire and fury” rain down upon the North Koreans if given the opportunity.
In the time since then, Trump has repeatedly taken to Twitter to rail against North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, who he’s termed “Little Rocket Man,” asserting that military action against North Korea is the only option.
Although this time around, the president’s remarks weren’t initially as glaringly racist as they could be, he quickly followed up his initial comments with a belligerent and false assertion that putting a wall along the U.S./ Mexico border and banning Muslims from traveling to the U.S. are good ideas.
‘Will be calling the President of Egypt in a short while to discuss the tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of life. We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will. Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of Egypt.’
A terror attack taking place overseas does not mean that keeping either Muslims or Mexicans out of the U.S. is necessary or a good idea.
Besides what he did say about the attack, what Trump has not said in the past remains relevant and glaringly wrong.
Did Trump post a similar message on Twitter following a weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, sparked by the gathering of thousands of white nationalists?
Nope. Instead, he insisted that responsibility for the violence rested with “both sides,” referring to the white nationalists and those who came out to demonstrate against white nationalism. There was no comment from the president about needing to “discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence,” even though the white nationalists killed someone.
Is it really that hard to speak out against Christian extremists in the same way that you speak out against Muslim extremists, Trump?
Check out Twitter’s response below.
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