While leaders around the world condemned the horrific London terror attacks and offered their unconditional support to the UK, Donald Trump had a very different message; in effect, to “be afraid.”
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
This, of course, comes as no surprise for someone who campaigned and won on a platform of fear mongering. However, while Trump is busy assailing our allies in turmoil, Sadiq Khan just gave him a lesson on what it means to be a leader.
Sadiq Khan has "more important things to do" than respond to Trump's tweets, says an aide pic.twitter.com/COH4kxikfM
— Matt Chorley (@MattChorley) June 4, 2017
In a typical move, Trump has once again mischaracterized an otherwise wholly appropriate comment by London’s mayor and exploited it to fit his own hateful agenda. Immediately following the attacks in London, our President’s initial response was to promote his own unconstitutional travel ban.
We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2017
Of course, had he tried, Trump wouldn’t have had to look far to see how real leaders should respond to a tragedy like this.
Awful news from London tonight. We're monitoring the situation – Canadians in need of help please see below: https://t.co/NVHwMlD2uu
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 3, 2017
Attacks in London are shocking & anguishing. We condemn them. My thoughts are with families of the deceased & prayers with the injured.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 4, 2017
Trump’s tweet comes on the heels of his request that the Supreme Court reconsider his travel ban, which has already been struck down twice as unconstitutional. In Trump’s latest unsuccessful appeal of the ban, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals said that the executive order “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”
While Trump continues to shamelessly promote his own self-serving agenda, alienate our closest allies, and humiliate the United States, Americans have no choice but to look abroad for true leadership.
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.