A terrorist attack in London this week has left many people feeling scared and uncertain about the future. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s son took the opportunity to criticize London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Classy as always, Donald Trump, Jr. responded to the incident with a tweet:
You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan https://t.co/uSm2pwRTjO
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 22, 2017
The tweet links to an article in the Independent, and it’s clear from the get go that Khan’s remark was taken out of context. While he did indeed say that the threat of terrorism is present in every big city, he also emphasized that preparation is key.
The London Mayor described what that preparation entails to the Independent:
“That means being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities, it means the security services being ready, but it also means exchanging ideas and best practice.”
As for the Trump Tweet, Khan made it clear that he has no time for such nonsense. He was simply too busy helping his city heal to indulge in a Twitter war with the American President’s son.
He dismissed the tweet while speaking with CNN, saying:
“I’m not going to respond to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr.. I’ve been doing far more important things over the last 24 hours.”
Mayor Khan has made it clear in the past that he does not support Donald Trump’s policies, particularly when it comes to discrimination against Muslims. Back when Trump was a presidential candidate and the Muslim ban was hypothetical (ah, simpler times), he had some choice worlds about the idea.
Khan told The Independent:
“Not only does that show a lack of understanding and awareness of the great country that is the USA and its history and legacy, it’s also inadvertently playing into the hands of Daesh and so-called Isis because it implies it’s not possible to be a Western liberal and mainstream Muslim.”
It’s clear that Donald Trump Jr. is a chip off the old, orange, perpetually lying block. Perhaps we should all follow Mayor Khan’s example and simply ignore him.
After he was turned into a meme, Donald Trump Jr. tells people to "channel the effort & genius … into something slightly more productive." pic.twitter.com/tkOadFewoF
— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 24, 2017