Trump tweet-attacks Muslim mayor of London for being soft on terror

On the heels of a series of terrorist attacks in London that left 7 dead and 48 wounded, Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning to attack the Muslim mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, for being soft on terror.

Particularly interesting is that Trump’s attack-tweet echoes a similar Twitter attack his son Don Jr. made against the mayor this past March, immediately following a previous attack.

It’s difficult to believe that the two Trumps are attacking the same mayor in the immediate aftermath of two terrorist attacks for the same alleged reason: because the mayor’s quotes allegedly show that he is soft on terror. It’s more plausible, in my mind, that this is happening because Mayor Khan is Muslim.

Here is Trump this morning:

Note Trump’s reference to being politically correct — that’s code for “Muslims.”

Here is Don Jr’s (the angry son) earlier attack on the mayor this past March:

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In the earlier criticism, Trump Jr. took the mayor’s quote out of context. In fact, the mayor of London was explaining that citizens have to be ever-vigilant because terrorism has become a fact of life in the modern world. And the mayor’s is a fair point.

It’s unclear what set Trump Sr. off this morning, but considering the attack is the same one his son Don Jr. made two months ago, it’s hard not to believe they’re related in some way. It’s also hard not to believe that this ongoing Trump family attack on the mayor of London, calling him soft on terror, isn’t related to the mayor being Muslim.

Also disturbing, Trump’s emotional social media director, Dan Scavino Jr., also attacked the Mayor of London this morning on Twitter. Scavino wrote that Trump’s criticism of the mayor was payback for the mayor criticizing Trump 13 months ago during the campaign.

So Donald Trump is making terrorism policy, and ruining our relations with our number one ally, based on his personal pet peeves from the campaign.

Putting that aside, this is an idiotic and ill-conceived move by the Trump family. Twice now, the eponymous Donalds have attacked the Brits in the hours following a major terror attack on their country. This is not what normal human beings do, it is not what allies do. It is, however, consistent with Trump Sr.’s disastrous recent visit to NATO and the G7. Trump pretty much alienated everyone.

Our unpresidented disaster strikes again.

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9 Responses to “Trump tweet-attacks Muslim mayor of London for being soft on terror”

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  2. woodroad34 says:

    Not only has he thrown Chris Christie under the bus, but now Jeff Sessions, his son-in-law and anyone else who is associated with him. He demands fealty, but gives none in return. He’s desperately trying to find a top-level legal firm to represent him against the Russian probes, but they don’t want to be part of him because they know he won’t follow their instructions and probably won’t pay them for their work. His reputation precedes him.

  3. woodroad34 says:

    If not totally gelatinous in head.

  4. brel1 says:

    Trump=soft in head

  5. Philip Lee says:

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  6. woodroad34 says:

    Then lock him up and let him learn, at such an advanced age, what society really means.

  7. woodroad34 says:

    Terrorist Trump

  8. Demosthenes says:

    Another day, and we see the latest example of Don the Con attacking the Mayor of London, the capital of our close ally, the U.K. In related news, Trump never says a bad thing about Russian dictator Vald Putin, who committed espionage by meddling in our 2016 election.

  9. MoonDragon says:

    There are people in this world who are disaffected, filled
    with frustration, and disconnected from their fellow human beings. They often
    feel the need to lash out at the world around them. Some do so through art,
    music, comedy, and sports. We see them on TV as “edgy” entertainers and “bad
    boy/girl” athletes. Except for their contributions to the coarsening of our
    social interactions, they are relatively tolerable. Some act out violently. The
    violence is seldom random; it needs a focus. Depending of their life
    experiences, the focus of their acts can be informed by politics, obsession
    with aspects of pop culture, or religion (or something else entirely). Exposure to the triggers can goad them to
    actions. Often these acts of violence are isolated (although not particularly
    disturbing and may actually be cheered on by those providing the provocative
    stimuli.) Other times focus mechanisms are used to direct and activate
    (radicalize) these individuals to achieve an end. Careful investigation is
    needed to determine which situation has obtained, and the proper mechanism for dealing with the outcome.

    In either case, the violence is going to happen at a time
    and place when/where people come together. This is the price we pay for coming
    together in groups, an inevitable occurrence for social animals. Mr. Khan points
    out, in his responses to the incidents, that existing in communities is makes
    us vulnerable to those who wish to act out. The larger the community, the
    larger the target, the greater the opportunity for bad actors. By reassuring
    his constituents, he creates an environment in which the operation of those
    responding to the situation can be most effective.

    Mr. Khan operates in the realm of community and order, something
    of which he sees himself as a part. Trump invokes panic that drives community
    and order apart. The privilege his wealth affords him allows him to personally
    operate outside the chaos, a situation the he sees as affording him an

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