On Aug. 5, a Minneapolis mosque was hit by an early-morning explosion.
The police found a bomb that was thrown through the window of the imam's office at the Dar Al Farooq mosque just as worshipers had started to gather for morning prayers.
Fortunately, no one was injured.
As the authorities launched an investigation into the incident, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton called the bombing of the mosque "an act of terrorism" during a visit to the site. He also called on people to unite against such attacks.
"What a terrible, dastardly, cowardly act was committed," he said. "It is a criminal act of terrorism."
Now consider this: It has been nearly three days since a terrorist attack occurred in a U.S. state and the country's president still hasn't said a word about it.
In fact, far from denouncing the attack as an act of terror or offer support to the affected community, President Donald Trump hasn't even used his favorite platform of communication — Twitter — to acknowledge the fact that an explosion occurred in Minnesota.
And it's not as if Trump has not been active on social media meanwhile. Since then, he's tweeted about:
North Korea sanctions:
The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea. China and Russia voted with us. Very big financial impact!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2017
After many years of LEAKS going on in Washington, it is great to see the A.G. taking action! For National Security, the tougher the better!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2017
The Fake News refuses to report the success of the first 6 months: S.C., surging economy & jobs,border & military security,ISIS & MS-13 etc.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017
Sen. Richard Blumenthal:
Never in U.S.history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal. He told stories about his Vietnam battles and....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017
I think Senator Blumenthal should take a nice long vacation in Vietnam, where he lied about his service, so he can at least say he was there— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017
... Supreme Court pick, economic enthusiasm, deregulation & so much more have driven the Trump base even closer together. Will never change!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017
However, somehow, Trump just didn't find the time to address the mosque attack.
While it's a let-down for the Muslim community, it's hardly surprising. Over the past six months, Trump has delayed, more than once, his statements to address targeted violence against religious communities like Sikhs and Muslims — especially the ones that were carried out by white suspects.
That said, even if Trump's indifference toward hate crimes against ethnic and religious minorities has become the norm, it shouldn't be.
He is the president of the United States and all its people — it's about time he started acting like one.