Despite official statements and comments published by the White House and the president’s own daughter, Donald Trump himself failed to comment on the attack on members of a mosque in London, and later the murder of a Muslim teenager in Virginia resulting in backlash from critics.
While the White House offered their support, Trump has instead taken to Twitter to attack Democrats and endorse Republican candidates.
It has been argued that while he is often quick to condemn acts of terrorism carried out by self-styled extremist militants, his reaction to terrorism committed by white people is lacking.
A whole 15 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 condolence from the US president. An editorial analysed 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, it editorial read.
Earlier in June, Trump was quick to express his views about an attack on London bridge, strangely enough before it had been confirmed as terrorist-related.
“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.
Similar sentiments were echoed by writer and activist, Shaun King, who tweeted: “Nothing from Trump […] tends to generally not mind when white men kill or maim people — particularly if they kill Muslims”.
Soon after the Finsbury Park incident, details of the murder of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen came to light. Critics once again took to berate Trump for his silence on the matter. Till now, he is yet to address any of the incidents in a personal capacity.
This article originally appeared on Independent.
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