J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, destroyed President Trump’s response to the London attacks in less than 140 characters.
Following the attacks on London Bridge, Borough Market, and Vauxhall, in which terrorists killed eight and injured dozens more using knives and a van, London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged citizens to not panic if they saw more police on the streets in the future. However, Trump took Khan’s remarks out of context and attacked the mayor, suggesting he wasn’t responding seriously to the attacks.
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
Rowling, who is British, stood up for Khan and accused Trump of lacking the leadership capabilities exhibited by the London mayor.
“It’s called ‘leadership’, Donald. The terrorists were dead 8 minutes after police got the call,” Rowling said.
It's called 'leadership', Donald. The terrorists were dead 8 minutes after police got the call. If we need an alarmist blowhard, we'll call. https://t.co/NUiy9j4fBt
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 4, 2017
Despite his promise on Saturday night to do everything the U.S. could to support its chief European ally, Trump is golfing at his own branded resort in Virginia while London’s mayor is working with first responders and other groups to help the city recover from the attacks. In a public statement issued on his Twitter account, Mayor Khan tweeted that he was too busy to respond to Trump’s tweet, although he did point out that Trump took his remarks out of context.
Spokesperson for London Mayor Sadiq Khan: "He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet." pic.twitter.com/sAPEuua4CQ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 4, 2017
Jamie Green is a contributor to the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.