Following yesterday’s devastating bombing in Manchester, England, in which 22 people lost their lives, the world looked to its leaders to denounce the horrendous acts of terrorism. Donald Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama, both made statements, and they couldn’t have been more different.
Obama posted this heartfelt tweet this morning, expressing sympathy for the victims and calling for unity between the UK and the US.
Our hearts go out to those killed and wounded in Manchester. Americans will always stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of the UK.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 23, 2017
Trump’s response struck a much different tone.
— Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) May 23, 2017
Trump dives into a clumsy diatribe where he continuously lobs the decidedly sophomoric insult of “losers” nearly half a dozen times. This is the President of the United States of America – the “leader of the free world” – whose denunciation of a terror attack sounds like something you would hear in a middle school cafeteria.
As the world rightfully mourns the loss of yesterday’s victims who were taken far too soon, we also remember a time when America looked to an articular, compassionate, unifying leader in dark times. After this horrifying attack, we are grateful that at least one leader has the wherewithal to make a statement worthy of the office he once held.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.