Donald Trump, over the course of his nearly a year-long presidential campaign, has cemented his reputation as a pathological liar, backtracker and a hypocrite.
Yet, somehow, he still manages to shock people with his words and actions.
Recently, the Republican presidential front-runner set off angry backlash after he tweeted his tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who died on June 3 of "septic shock due to unspecified natural causes.”
Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2016
People accused the media mogul of hypocrisy for praising Ali, a practicing Muslim, just months after Trump questioned if any Muslims were “sports heroes” on Twitter:
Obama said in his speech that Muslims are our sports heroes. What sport is he talking about, and who? Is Obama profiling?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015
Also, when Trump announced his now-infamous Muslim ban last year, Ali issued a rare statement denouncing rising Islamophobic sentiment in the West.
“I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino or anywhere else in the world,” Ali wrote to NBC News. “True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so called Islamic jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion.”
Oddly, following the boxing champion’s death, Ali's spokesman Bob Gunnell prompted confusion by saying the statement had not in fact been aimed at Trump, claiming it was, in fact, directed at "jihadists and extremists."
Nevertheless, people criticized Trump for his two-facedness:
You don't get to celebrate the life of a black Muslim man who challenged American racism https://t.co/L0XFAqtrwy— AJM (@YouMustBeAnna) June 5, 2016
@realDonaldTrump would be not allowed in the country under your proposals, as he was a Muslim? Plus a peace maker and anti war supporter— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) June 5, 2016
.@realDonaldTrump you are the epitome of everything he despised— Brian Gaar (@briangaar) June 4, 2016