London came under attack after a car plowed into pedestrians and an attacker stabbed a policeman close to the British parliament. The entire world was in shock but President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., reacted to the attack by criticizing London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
In an attempt to insult Khan, Trump Jr. shared an article on Twitter from September in which he said, “Terror attacks were 'part and parcel' of living in a big city.” However, the mayor had made these comments when he was questioned about the bombs that were detonated in New York City and New Jersey in September.
The six-month-old interview took a whole new meaning after Trump Jr.’s tweet.
You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan https://t.co/uSm2pwRTjO— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 22, 2017
Soon after the incident, Khan denounced the London attacks, offered condolences and paid homage to the deceased police officer in a statement.
“I want to reassure all Londoners and all our visitors not to be alarmed — our city remains one of the safest in the world. Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism.”
Last year Khan became London's first ethnic-minority mayor and the first Muslim to head the capital of a major Western country.
Trump Jr. came under fire after his attack on the London mayor at such a sensitive time and people came out in support of Khan.
Wes Streeting, a member of parliament from the Labour Party, called Trump Jr. a “disgrace” by replying to him directly on Twitter.
@DonaldJTrumpJr You use a terrorist attack on our city to attack London's Mayor for your own political gain. You're a disgrace.— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) March 22, 2017
Pola Uddin, a member of the House of Lords, said while defending the mayor, “There should not be a single thought about what his identity is. This is a moment of reflection for all Londoners, and should lead us to consider the fact that we largely haven't experienced such attacks before, while other cities have.”
“You're safer in London than you've ever been. If this turns out to be an act of Islamic terrorism, I think the fact that the man is a Muslim is utterly and completely irrelevant,” said Digby Jones, British politician.
Since Donald Trump assumed office, Trump Jr. and his younger brother, Eric, have taken over the family business. In an attempt to avoid conflict of interest, they have had to distance themselves from their father — an effort that is widely seen as being inadequate as well as incomplete.
Trump Jr. attacks mayor of London after terror attack - https://t.co/ZI9DxKOflI— John Aravosis (@aravosis) March 23, 2017
Headline is based on very first sentence, which if you'd bothered to read it could apply to any major city in the world. Key word: "threat" pic.twitter.com/u2S9WA7yoA— Ciaran Jenkins (@C4Ciaran) March 22, 2017
@DonaldJTrumpJr a "threat" is something you prepare against, like NYers and terror, Floridians and hurricanes, Californians and earthquakes— Chris Choi (@thischoi) March 22, 2017
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