After the terrorist attack in London on Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter:
London Mayor Sadiq Khan never said that. What he did say last September(!) was that terrorism preparedness, including providing sufficient support to the police, was “part and parcel of living in a great global city.”
To the ill-informed, the illiterate, and the just plain ignorant, there’s little difference. Nor is there any reason to add that Mr. Khan also said last fall that nothing was more important to him than keeping Londoners safe, and he reassured the citizens that “every single agency and individual involved in protecting our city has the resources and expertise they need to respond in the event that London is attacked.”
It will come as no surprise to anyone that I personally don’t find too many redeeming qualities in the Trump family, from Melania’s complaint that her money-making power is being curtailed to the patriarch’s complaints that CO detectors are spying on him. (All right, I made that part up, but odds are it’s true.) Still, the perverse pleasure they take in seizing upon the misery of others to “prove a point” illustrates more than anything else the utter and unmitigated degeneracy of this so-called president and everyone tainted by him.
Mr. Khan did not respond to the tweet, curtly telling reporters he “had been doing far more important things over the last 24 hours.” We should all follow Mr. Khan’s lead. A tweet is not a policy statement, especially a tweet from someone as unhinged as Donald Trump. Tweets, most often, are thoughtless response of someone expressing an emotion; and yet the media keep reporting them as if they were policy. If Trump has something to say, let him tell us in more than 140 characters and give people a chance to respond to his “thoughts” and give him a chance to elaborate on them.
Yes, I know he’s incapable of a measured and thoughtful dialogue, but that would be part of the fun. And after a while we’d be able to ignore everything that spills out of his mouth or his Twitter feed…just as most of us do already.