President Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., seems to be a chip off the old block in selectively reading the news to glean only what he wants to hear.
While #PrayForLondon is a top trending Twitter hashtag as of this writing, and sympathies are being sent out to the United Kingdom in response to an apparent terrorist attack on Wednesday morning that left multiple people dead and dozens wounded, Donald Jr. instead chose to take the words of London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, out of context to make him seem like a terrorist sympathizer.
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
After a bomb exploded in Manhattan last September, injuring more than two dozen people, London mayor Sadiq Khan encouraged his fellow Londoners to be extra vigilant and take special care to safeguard themselves and their fellow citizens in the event of a potential attack in the future. At the time, Khan said citizens “have got to be prepared for these sorts of things,” as the possibility of a terrorist attack is “part and parcel” of living in one of the world’s biggest cities, like London.
“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,” Khan said, prior to a meeting with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“You have to be kidding me?!” Trump Jr. tweeted, linking to a six-month-old Independent article summing up Khan’s remarks. Trump Jr.’s tweet is reminiscent of the aggressive racist campaign against Khan — who is Muslim — during the mayoral election, in which conservative opponent Zac Goldsmith used thinly veiled dog-whistle Islamophobia attempting to link Khan to Islamic terrorism with zero evidence.
“[I]t’s about a record,” Goldsmith said when asked about a pattern of conservative-leaning politicians in the UK of attacking Muslims. “It’s about 20, 30, 35, 40 events. It’s being asked about the views of a hate preacher who wants to drown Jews in the ocean and dismissing that as flowery talk. The idea that it is not legitimate to raise those concerns is extraordinary.”
The responses to Donald Jr.’s tweet didn’t mince words for the First Son, admonishing him for not taking the time to actually read beyond a headline, let alone check the date of an article before commenting on it.
— Ciaran Jenkins (@C4Ciaran) March 22, 2017
@DonaldJTrumpJr you dug this up specifically to garner twitter traffic when people are dying/ injured. How does this help? SAD [(c)Your Dad]
— Marie Donn (@Marie_Donn) March 22, 2017
.@DonaldJTrumpJr Read a whole time-relevant article one time, you waxy ventriloquist's accident.
— Liam Dryden (@LiamDrydenEtc) March 22, 2017
@DonaldJTrumpJr Read the article, you thick twat.
— /losers/usher/shaun (@ShaunUsher) March 22, 2017
As of this writing, the tweet is still up on Donald Trump Jr.’s profile, and he has not yet apologized for his public smear of Mayor Khan.
Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Facebook.