This Monday, all eyes turned to New York City when a helicopter crashed into a building in Manhattan. The incident, while widely unsettling, has proven contained and there is no appearance of any kind of ongoing related threat. President Donald Trump jumped in via Twitter to attempt to reassure observers that the situation is under control… or something. He touted the fact that his administration is ready to assist local authorities in responding to the incident if needed, but it’s not as though the feds would step back from the scene if someone else was in charge. Trump unnecessarily was making the situation about himself.
‘I have been briefed on the helicopter crash in New York City. Phenomenal job by our GREAT First Responders who are currently on the scene. THANK YOU for all you do 24/7/365! The Trump Administration stands ready should you need anything at all.’
Trump often praises American law enforcement, incorporating that praise into his wider nationalist agenda in which authorities are essentially arms of his “America First!” or else platform. He’s gone so far down this path that during a recent trip he took to the southern U.S. border, he pressured local border patrol agents to break the law and turn asylum seekers around back into Mexico without any processing of their cases. Those agents’ superiors had to step in and remind officers that breaking the law would still be, well, breaking the law, no matter what Trump had babbled. This situation is the kind of thing underlying his incessant “praise” of law enforcement.
As for the reality of the situation, the pilot of the helicopter lost his life, although Trump — despite managing to mention himself — didn’t mention this. Sources told a local CBS affiliate that the pilot “radioed before the crash that he was in trouble,” ending up for whatever reason attempting to land on top of a more than 50-story-tall building that did not actually have a helicopter landing facility there. Eyewitnesses say that the building shook and they were eventually ordered out of it. Following the incident cooling off somewhat, authorities were still left with the monumental task of getting the helicopter wreckage off the roof.
Check out Twitter’s response to Trump stepping in below…
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