On Monday morning, a little over 24 hours after a deadly terrorist attack in London left 7 dead and 48 wounded, Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticise London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
On the Sunday morning after the terrorist attack, Khan made a TV appearance where he said “my message to Londoners and visitors to our great city is to be calm and vigilant today. You will see an increased police presence today, including armed officers and uniformed officers. There is no reason to be alarmed by this.”
Donald Trump, however, focused on Khan’s line – “there is no reason to be alarmed by this” in a tweet to his 31.6 million followers. Trump’s tweet read “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!'”
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
Trump’s tweet distorts the the mayor’s words, suggesting Mayor Sadiq Khan was telling Londoners not to be alarmed by terrorist attacks, instead of actually telling people not to be alarmed by the extra armed and uniformed officers.
The tweet was quickly picked up by other Twitter users and the media, who called Trump’s class into question which prompted the President to follow up his earlier tweet with another tweet, doubling down on his tasteless and misleading attack.
Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017