Speaking to troops Monday morning at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., President Donald Trump falsely accused the US media of covering up terrorist attacks inside the United States.
Trump told soldiers that “you’ve seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe, it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons and you understand that.”
Trump, who has made it a point to attack the media almost every day since launching his campaign for the presidency chose not to elaborate on his claim that the US media is ignoring or covering up terrorist attacks.
To the contrary, Mr. Trump has seemingly made it a point to ignore all non-Muslim initiated terrorist attacks in North America and only seems to believe that attacks carried out by Muslims are worth mentioning.
Here are five recent attacks that Trump has managed to completely ignore.
1. The Quebec Mosque Shooting
Only nine days into his presidency a mosque in Quebec was attacked by Alexandre Bissonnette, a white male who by all accounts was a vocal Trump supporter. Bissonnette walked into the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City and opened fire, killing six people and injuring 19 others.
Trump has yet to say a single thing about the shooting. The administration only went as far as to mistakingly blame a Muslim for the shooting and using it as justification for the Muslim travel ban, which was signed the same night as the attack.
2. The Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooting
On November 27, 2015, four months into Trump’s campaign, Robert Deer walked into a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colorado and shot and killed two civilians and a police officer. He also injured five officers and four civilians.
Deer was quoted as saying “no more body parts” in reference to the doctored Planned Parenthood footage that trying to claim the women’s health clinic was selling aborted baby fetuses for a profit.
Trump remained silent during the whole ordeal in which the videos were linked to the shooting and other Republican politicians doubled down on the authenticity of the video.
3. A Mosque Attack in Texas
The same night a shooter killed six people in Quebec, a mosque in Victoria, Texas was set ablaze and burned to the ground. Like the attack in Quebec, the attack on Muslims was not important enough to garner a response from the president.
This was the second attack against an Islamic place of worship only hours after Trump signed the executive order banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the United States.
4. Kansas Apartment Bombing Plot
Three men in Kansas are facing domestic terrorism charges after federal agents thwarted a plan to blow up an apartment complex with vehicles packed with explosives, in October 2016. The complex was home to around 120 Somali immigrants. One of the complex units served a mosque for the residents.
Like other attacks carried out by white men, this attempted attack went unmentioned by Trump while on the campaign trail.
5. Neo-Nazi Plans MLK Day Bombing
In Washington, Kevin William Harpham, who is believed to have close ties to a neo-Nazi group, was charged with planning to bomb the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane. Police found a backpack packed with explosives in the parade route and were able to trace it back to Harpham.
Again, Trump remained silent on this non-Islamic terrorist plot. It’s obvious to anyone that it is not the media covering up or not reporting on these terrorist attacks or plots, but the president himself who is ignoring any attack not carried out by a Muslim.
If the media is guilty of any underreporting it is that of not covering the countless civilians killed each year in attacks in Iraq, Pakistan, or Lebanon to name a few.
Trump’s administration, however, is not focused on these attacks and instead are trying to stir up anti-Muslim bigotry. They have made up attacks such as the Bowling Green Massacre to continue stroking the fears of the American people as lawyers for the Justice Department are set to defend his Muslim ban in court on Tuesday. He has since removed white supremacists from terror watch lists, attempting to paint the phenomenon as solely a Muslim problem and giving free rein to the Klansmen and neo-Nazis who are eager to bring violence to minorities.
Dan Arel is a bestselling author of The Secular Activist; and Parenting Without God. He is an award-winning journalist and host of the Danthropology Podcast.