Within hours of what authorities have now classified as a terror attack, President Donald Trump was on Twitter jumping to conclusions and using the London tube bombing to promote his Islamophobic travel ban.
Thank God — after his response to Charlottesville, Virginia, we thought he'd lost his voice when it came to acts of terrorism.
Actually, his irresponsibly rapid response to the attack at the Parsons Green station compared with his deeply problematic stance on the white supremacists responsible for the death of Heather Heyer proves Trump only has a voice for the kinds of terrorism that fit his agenda.
Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner.The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
We have made more progress in the last nine months against ISIS than the Obama Administration has made in 8 years.Must be proactive & nasty!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
Trump offered no words of consolation to the 29 people injured in the attack and their families, and no statement of solidarity with the United Kingdom. Instead he speculated about the role of the British police in the incident and exploited the violence for a chance at political gain.
"I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation," said British Prime Minister Theresa May about Trump's tweets.
Interestingly enough, that's something Trump agreed with when it came to his response to Charlottesville.
"I couldn’t have made it sooner, because I didn’t know all of the facts,” he explained when asked about his two-day silence after the white supremacist rally and its tragic aftermath. “... It was very important to me to get the facts out and correctly because if I would have made a fast statement — and the first statement was made without knowing much, other than what we were seeing.”
It appears that, to Trump, terrorism is simply a tool; he uses it to fuel a racist and Islamophobic agenda and to stay in power by garnering support from the most hateful in his base. His hasty tweets about London stand in stark contrast to the notable crickets surrounding Charlottesville, proof that timing really does say it all.