“`You have to be kidding me?!` Mr. Trump said Wednesday afternoon on Twitter, as details of the episode – which left at least five dead, including the assailant, and 40 injured – continued to unfold. The message continued, `Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan.`
Mr. Trump, the oldest son of President Trump, was calling attention to an article from September in The Independent, a British newspaper, that described Mr. Khan`s reaction to a bombing then in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.
Mr. Trump mischaracterized the London mayor`s remarks. Mr. Khan did not describe terrorism as `part of living in a big city,` as if bombings and shootings were an inescapable fact of life. He said that terrorism preparedness, including providing sufficient support to the police, was `part and parcel of living in a great global city.`”
New York Times
The rotten apple doesn`t fall far from the tree, Donald Trump Jr. shares his father`s obsession with posting misleading and controversial tweets.
First of all, as the excerpt of the New York Times article shows, Junior twisted the London mayor`s remarks. Mr. Khan didn`t describe terrorism as “part of living in a big city,” his statement was more nuanced and diplomatic.
Although I would argue that terrorism is “part of living in a big city,” there is no way in hell that authorities can prevent a terrorist from mowing down people with a vehicle.
Secondly, Trump gave the impression that the mayor uttered the remarks in the aftermath of the March, 22, 2017 London attack, when in fact he delivered his comments after the September 2016 Chelsea bombing.
But at least Junior didn`t refer to the mayor of London as “the bad Muslim mayor of London,” his father would have pointed out the mayor`s religion.
Word of advice for all the Trumps:
After the next terrorist attack go with a generic Tweet: My thoughts and prayers are with the victims …
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