President Trump’s compassion for those involved in the attack on a New Zealand mosque this morning was certainly short-lived. He eventually sent out a tweet this morning offering his condolences to the victims of the atrocity. But he was quickly back to horrifying the entire country and causing us all to collectively gag when he began harping on the “invasion” of immigrants at the border before New Zealand has even had the chance to finish the body count.
Per pool: Trump called the terror attack a “horrible, horrible thing” and said he called the PM to convey US “sorrow,” then turned to “crimes of all kinds coming through our southern border.” He added, “People hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is.”
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 15, 2019
Trump signed a veto today after his national emergency declaration was rejected. And he wasted no time in using the tragic events of this morning to push his own agenda. He took just a moment of his time to describe the mosque massacre as a “horrible, horrible thing” and stated that he even called the New Zealand Prime Mister to convey “sorrow” from the US. But then nearly in the same breath, he reminded everyone that there are still “crimes of all kinds coming through our southern border.”
He went on to state, “People hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is.”
The Twitter-verse was quick to slam Trump for not only pushing his psychotic wall down our collective throats but for using such a heartbreaking attack for his own gain and perpetuating violence to essentially inspire the next hate attack.
Trump’s response to a white nationalist terrorist attack is to incite MORE white nationalist violence based on racist lies and hoaxes a/b immigrants.
— Mark Hughes (@markhughesfilms) March 15, 2019
It’s not that he doesn’t realize these two things are connected or that he doesn’t care – he is happy with the endorsement of white supremacists because it validates his worth
— Jaynie’s Got a Bun (@FreeGirlNowNYC) March 15, 2019
There is no “invasion” on our Southern border but it is precisely this type of rhetoric that inspires hate like what we just saw in New Zealand.
— Michelle Rodriguez (@mitchie898) March 15, 2019
He continues to proudly demonstrate cruelty at every turn. So ashamed that he’s President and irate at the .@GOP who continue to enable him
— Anuradha Koli (@StarryAnna) March 15, 2019
The President of the United States speaks about an act of terrorism that was partially motivated by the perpetrator’s obsessive xenophobic view of migrants as invaders & then speaks on an obsessive talking point of his own…in which he views migrants as invaders
Segue or Pivot?
— Steven Wine (@id6klub) March 15, 2019
You don’t get to spew out obligatory condolences and then turn around and manipulate a group of people’s heartbreak to push your own hate-filled agenda. Trump’s world of free-for-all white supremacy is what caused this. The last thing that the president of this nation should be doing is encouraging the same acts of violence on a different group of brown people.
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