Donald Trump suddenly found sympathy for victims of terror again. Just not American victims.
Donald Trump finally found a terrorist attack he could unequivocally condemn, while expressing unconditional sympathy to the victims.
No, it was not the horrific white supremacist riot in Charlottesville in which an American woman was murdered. It was an attack in Barcelona, Spain, where, not unlike the tragic incident in Charlottesville, someone drove a vehicle into a crowd of people, killing at least 13 and injuring another 50.
But unlike the deadly riot in Charlottesville — after which Trump refused for several days to condemn the white supremacists and Nazis who carried out the violent attacks he was universally pressured to do so — he resumed his old habit of immediately tweeting about terrorists before any real details were known.
And the King Center, founded by Coretta Scott Scott King as the “official living memorial” to Martin Luther King, was quick to note the difference in Trump’s reaction.
Authorities are considering the deadly attack in Barcelona an act of terrorism; however, little is known beyond that at this point, including who is responsible for the attack.
That did not prevent Trump from reacting immediately. And sending greater support to victims in Barcelona than to those in Charlottesville. In fact, it took Trump two days to offer “our thoughts, our prayers, and our love” to the family of Heather Heyer, who was murdered in Charlottesville.
This, despite Trump’s own explanation at his unhinged press conference on Tuesday, that the reason it took him so long to condemn the violent groups in Charlottesville, was because he had to wait to have all the facts.
“Here’s the thing: When I make a statement, I like to be correct,” Trump said Tuesday, adding, “Before I make a statement, I need the facts. So I don’t want to rush into a statement.”
It was not a credible defense then, and it is wholly undermined by Trump’s words now.
It is, of course, completely appropriate for the president of the United States to condemn an act of terrorism and express support, on behalf of America, to the victims of an attack. It’s just too bad Trump doesn’t think that includes terrorist attacks carried out by his racist supporters on American soil.