The Prime Minister of Canada on Monday condemned the deadly terrorist attack against Muslim worshipers in London, while Donald Trump continued “an apparent pattern of selectively commenting on hate crimes and terrorist attacks” as noted by the Boston Globe.
A man, identified by Prime Minister Theresa as a 48-year-old white male, plowed a large van into a crowd of worshipers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring at least nine people.
Police are treating the incident as a terror attack. One man died at the scene, although he had been receiving first aid at the time and it wasn’t clear if he died as a result of the attack or from something else, reports CBS News.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau tweeted: “We strongly condemn the Finsbury Park terror attack. In these difficult weeks for London & the UK, know you’ll always have Canada’s support.”
We strongly condemn the Finsbury Park terror attack. In these difficult weeks for London & the UK, know you’ll always have Canada’s support.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 19, 2017
Nearly 14 hours after the attack, Trump’s critics pointed to his deafening silence when it comes to personally condemning violence carried out by non-Muslims.
NBC News anchor Katy Tur tweeted:
Trump hasn’t *yet* commented on London attack. Follows a pattern of early silence on violence v muslims.
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) June 19, 2017
“So when acts of terror are committed by Muslims, @POTUS can’t wait to Tweet. When they are committed AGAINST Muslims, nothing,” David Axelrod, a former advisor to President Obama, said in a tweet on Monday.
So when acts of terror are committed by Muslims, @POTUS can’t wait to Tweet. When they are committed AGAINST Muslims, nothing.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 19, 2017
“If it was about terrorism, you would recognize these incidents regardless of who does it,” said Carol Anderson, a scholar of race and social justice at Emory University, in a Monday interview. “But this is situational. This situational concern underlies everything in this administration.”
The Globe notes:
Since he announced his presidential candidacy in 2015, Trump has used his social media accounts to denounce Muslim-perpetrated terrorist attacks in Britain, Turkey, Germany, and even Sweden. But as president, stateside violence that targets minority communities sometimes goes unnoticed.
It took the White House nearly a week to acknowledge the hate-driven shooting at a Kansas bar, where a man targeted two-Indian born engineers and a bystander. Trump faced criticism in April for his personal silence after a school shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, which left a black woman dead. In March, Spicer refused to specifically condemn the slaying of a New York City man who was allegedly killed by a man who told police he is a white supremacist.
It would seem that for the president, murderous violence committed by white supremacists is better addressed indirectly and on social media than through an official statement from the White House. The Portland killings are also apparently less important to Donald Trump than complaining about the news media, bragging about his trip to Europe and the Middle East and congratulating Republicans for their victory in a Montana special election — things he did over the course of several days online before making his comments on Monday.
Update: In an off-camera press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the administration’s “thoughts and prayers” were with those affected. Trump still has not personally weighed in on the attack.