Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Trump's selective silence is defeaning

Donald Trump has failed to personally acknowledge the attack on members of a mosque in London, and the murder of a Muslim teenager in Virginia, prompting critics to attack his silence.
The White House has commented on the Finsbury Park attack, saying that they have reached out and offered to help in any way possible. But Mr Trump himself has not commented directly, instead taking to Twitter to attack Democrats and endorse Republican candidates.
 The President's critics have argued that while he is often quick to condemn acts of terrorism carried out by Muslims, his reaction to terrorism committed by white people is anything but swift.
“Nothing from Trump,”  the writer and activist Shaun King tweeted in response to Justin Trudeau’s condolences to London. “[He] tends to generally not mind when white men kill or maim people — particularly if they kill Muslims”.
Fifteen hours after a man drove a van into a group of Muslims near a London mosque, killing at least one and injuring 10 others, there was still no note of condolences from the President, the Washington Post posted in an editorial analysing Mr Trump’s response to terrorist attacks. He tweeted three and a half hours after the Paris attacks in November 2015, roughly 90 minutes after the San Bernardino, California attack, and fewer than 12 hours after an EgyptAir flight went missing in 2016, the editorial read. Mr Trump tweeted about the London bridge attack earlier this month before authorities had even identified the attack as terrorism.
“Did anyone expect Trump to condemn the terrorist act in London?” Amy Siskind, the president of the pro-women non-profit The New Agenda asked on Twitter.
Shortly after the Finsbury Park attack  it was confirmed that the missing 17-year-old girl Nabra Hassanen had been found dead in a pond in Virginia. Likewise, critics questioned why Trump had failed to address the tragedy.
So far, Mr Trump is yet to address any of the incidents in a personal capacity.
The young girl in Virginia was killed by a 22-year-old Salvadoran national in what has been called a "road rage" incident by officials, though the investigation is ongoing. Her family insists that she was targeted because she was Muslim, since there they did not know the man who killed her before. Family and friends described her as as timid and conflict-averse. US immigration services have asked for a "detainer" be placed on her killer, meaning that deportation proceedings are being considered.
Donald Trump has yet to comment on the ramming attack on worshippers at a London mosque. But in the aftermath of the the assault, the New York Police Department is stepping up security. Just in case.
"After the attack in London, the NYPD is moving police resources to patrol around houses of worship, particularly in our Muslim communities," New York mayor Bill de Blasio’s office tweeted on Monday.
The attack on a mosque in London’s Finsbury Park left one dead and 11 others injured after a white van ploughed into worshippers early on Monday. The driver allegedly shouted: "I am going to kill all Muslims. I did my my bit."
Following the assault, NYPD’s counterterrorism unit said on social media: “We always monitor events that occur around the world & adjust our security posture accordingly, re-deploying assets as needed."
London’s mayor Sadiq Khan immediately denounced the mosque attack. “Terrorism is terrorism," he said according to ABC News. "It doesn't matter whether you're inspired by a perverse force of Islam...or you're inspired by some other motives to try and terrorize others. The intention is the same.”
President Trump, who clashed win Khan in the wake of the London Bridge attack on  June 3, has been criticized on social media for not condemning Monday's assault, which was against Muslims.
The White House did comment on the London mosque attack. But Trump’s failure to personally weigh in was a break from the past, as he frequently tweets about incidents the authorities consider acts of terrorism.
The Washington Post reported that Trump’s previous responses to attacks often came within hours—except in cases that involved attacks against Muslims, to which he was slower to resond.

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