President Donald Trump, who is currently on his first foreign trip since assuming office, condemned the deadly suicide attack in Manchester, United Kingdom, which claimed at least 22 lives while injuring an estimated 59 people.
The explosion occurred outside Manchester Arena just as people were exiting the stadium following pop star Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” concert.
“I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack and to the many killed and the families — so many families of the victims. We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom,” the U.S. commander-in-chief said during a press conference in Bethlehem, standing next to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who also expressed his condolences.
“So many young beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life,” he continued.
Yes, the president of the United States just branded a terrorist who killed nearly two dozen innocent people who were simply enjoying music as an “evil loser.”
Trump also expanded upon his reason for choosing the term in the first place.
“I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name,” he added. “I will call them, from now on, losers, because that’s what they are. They are losers. And we will have more of them. But they are losers, just remember that.”
It is important to note that Trump has previously used similar terms for some of his critics — whom he calls his “enemies” — including comedian Rosie O’Donnell, singer Cher, former presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and journalist Chuck Todd, to name a few.
So, in Trump’s book, does a terrorist fall under the same category as people he doesn’t like or agree with?
Doesn’t a murdering someone warrant a much stronger condemnation than a word that teenagers mostly use to describe their bullies?
“Our society can have no tolerance for this continuation of bloodshed, we cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people,” the business mogul concluded. “And in today’s attack it was mostly innocent children. The terrorists and extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out from our society for ever.”
Trump also called for “all civilized nations” to come together to obliterate “this wicked ideology” and “protect human life.”
Following the press conference, the phrase “evil loser” began trending on social media.
I'm sorry but Trump calling the attacker an "evil loser" just shows what a child he is can he get a professional to write his tweets please— Ennun (@ennunanaiurov) May 23, 2017
No Trump, you're the "LOSER" you lost by 3M votes and colluded with Russia..the terrorist attack in Manchester was done by inhumane monster.— Mr. Weeks (@MrDane1982) May 23, 2017
Trump you called @Rosie a loser, how the hell can you in the same sentence call an inhumane terrorist a "loser"expand your vocabulary.— Mr. Weeks (@MrDane1982) May 23, 2017
Trump makes $100 billion arms deal w Saudi Arabia, weapons which will kill civilians, then calls M'cr bomber an "evil loser". Makes me sick.— Helen Czerski (@helenczerski) May 23, 2017
did trump really refer to an attacker as an 'evil loser'— kurtdawg (@kurtissimpsonn) May 23, 2017
It's very sad what happened but the way Trump addressed it made him look like a grade schooler #loser— Oliver (@OG__1994) May 23, 2017
Trump called whoever perpetuated the attack a "loser".— Erin (@Erin_Grimes) May 23, 2017
M8 I call my friend's losers all the time, think a suicide bomber is a bit different
Merkel: "...work together with our British friends against those who plan and carry out such inhumane deeds."— David Scharf ?? (@misterscharf) May 23, 2017
Trump: "Evil losers."#fail
Earlier, first lady Melania Trump had also offered her condolences.
My thoughts and prayers to the families of #Manchester.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 23, 2017
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