Months ago, while London Mayor Sadiq Khan was in America on a goodwill trip, Manhattan and the Jersey shore were rocked by a series of bombs detonated by what turned out to be a “lone wolf” terrorist named Ahmad Khan Rahami. Immediately following the attacks, Mayor Khan said, in part, to reporters that it “is a reality I'm afraid that London, New York, other major cities around the world have got to be prepared for these sorts of things,” and that such attacks are now “part and parcel” of life in a big city.
At the time, many were aghast that the mayor of a global hub would adopt such a tone of resignation in the face of a vicious terror attack. Well, last week, following the London terror incident, one person very publicly reminded Mayor Khan of what he said back in September…and that person was none other than Donald Trump, Jr., son of the president.
As detailed in the Daily Mail, following last week’s attack, Trump re-tweeted an article from last September that contained Khan’s comments about getting on in the age of terror, and added his own brief commentary:
“You have to be kidding me?!”
Unsurprisingly, the younger Trump’s truth bomb was hammered throughout social media platforms as being insensitive, with one Twitter user asking, “Is it really appropriate, considering your father’s position and what’s happening today, to attack the Mayor of London?”
Many others, however, came to Trump’s defense, pointing out that the real travesty was the stance taken by Khan many months before, and not the simple tweet reminding him of it.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large