On the morning compute in London, United Kingdom, an improvised explosive device went off on a Tube train. Thankfully no death casualties were reported, but at least twenty people were taken to hospitals for injuries.
It was quickly called a terrorist attack from many people in many governments, the United Kingdom and the United States of America in particular, there is a difference in the two tones that were taken.
In a tweet, President Trump of the United States of America wrote: “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.”
A softer tone by President trump was reportedly taken when he chatted with UK Prime Minister Theresa May by offering “his condolences over this morning’s cowardly attack in London” and President Trump “pledged to continue close collaboration with the United Kingdom to stop attacks worldwide targeting innocent civilians and to combat extremism” according to the BBC.
However in his tweeted statement, as President Trump chooses Twitter to be his form of communication, there were a few better ways to go about it.
First is calling terrorists “losers.” President Trump throws the word “loser” around easily, not considering where he has used it before. Terrorists are losers, but he also has called Standards and Poors (S&P), Rosie O’Donnell, a Washington Post columnist, Cher, Salon, the Huffington Post, a journalist who wrote Trump Nation, actor Richard Belzer, a GOP consultant, the Gop, a republican strategist, a GOP consultant, a conservative blogger, conservative commentator SE Cupp, a conservative organization, a writer and producer, another journalist and then another journalist, NBC’s Chuck Todd, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg, a Scottish farmer, a Scottish resident, a Scottish whiskey maker, a Scottish politician, an English businessman, a Vanity Fair editor, Mark Cuban, the New York Attorney General, New York Daily News, Russell Brand, Frank Luntz, Politico, Governor Jeb Bush, a New Hampshire newspaper, Senator Ted Cruz, another journalist, Senator Marco Rubio, CNN commentators and more.
I don’t believe he’s putting people on the same playing field, but to use the term “loser” for everyone makes people believe all these humans are bad. But by putting them all under the category of “loser” it does not explain what they did to be put on this list. The term “loser” is best used for bullies against their prey in high school, yet President Trump uses the word against everyone.
By calling terrorists “losers,” President Trump does not show the danger that comes with terrorists. Perhaps “coward” is better in some way. It is a time to heal, but President Trump chooses to play into the hands of terrorists, who want to make him look crazy.
I also do believe he knows more than just one word.
Second, President Trump went after Scotland Yard, assuming that Scotland Yard knew these terrorists existed. Terror cells are not a new thing in London, and over the past year, London has been hit with many terror attacks compared to the rest of the Westernized world. There are many “terrorists” but no one knows if they are active. Just because you suspect someone of being terrorist, does not mean that they will carry out an attack. People cannot be watched 24/7, and if one person is that leaves other people to move about.
Scotland Yard is very close allies with police departments across the United States, and as an ally, it is better not to speak poorly of them.
President Trump’s tweets reveal much about his chosen terrorists, where it is expected that whoever did this is a Muslim and uses Islam as purpose, but in Charlottesville when a White Supremacist rammed into his car into counter protesters, he was not a terrorist. President Trump’s dichotomy on terrorism has left many people wounded.
The travel bans of the Trump administration pushes the idea all Muslims could be possibly be dangerous. In stereotypical fashion, the dress and customs are questioned as wrong. If it appears that they might go angry or dangerous, immediately police are called.
However, the man who drove his car into counter protesters wrote angry things on Facebook and had a clear history with the police. He was a terrorist because he called terror. He inflicted harm. But he is just a white supremacist, and even then, President Trump said and then went back on his word of white supremacists being terrorists. Where is the “loser” now? If President Trump’s biggest nickname for evil is “loser,” why not called white supremacists losers?