Obama And Trump Have Starkly Different Responses To London Attack
This continued in the wake of the attack in London on March 22.
Initially, Trump simply said, "Hearing some big news having to do with London. It just happened."
He did not mention the victims, and did not express sadness or sympathy — he simply said, "big news."
Subsequently, he tweeted,
Spoke to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May today to offer condolences on the terrorist attack in London. She is strong and doing very well.
Once again, he failed to mention the victims, did not exhibit any solidarity with Londoners and essentially used this as an opportunity to brag about speaking to a foreign leader.
Trump waited until the news broke that an American was killed in the attack to express even a semblance of sympathy for the victims.
Respect for the dead should not be based on nationality.
Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama tweeted,
My heart goes out to the victims and their families in London. No act of terror can shake the strength and resilience of our British ally.
This is how a leader should respond to tragedy — by focusing on "the victims and their families" and expressing a sense of unity with the community impacted.
The difference between Trump and Obama's tweets is emblematic of their starkly opposite approaches to leadership.
Simply put: Trump almost always focuses on himself, while Obama consistently tries to connect with the masses.
In the past, when horrific events transpired — such as what occurred in London on Wednesday - Trump often used them as an opportunity to either boast or spread fear and hatred.
After a terrorist attack in Istanbul last summer, for example, Trump expressed support for the use of torture.
After the Paris attacks, Trump argued the victims would've lived if only they'd been armed.
After the attack in San Bernardino, Trump called for banning all Muslim immigration to the US.
After the Brussels attacks, Trump went on Twitter and congratulated himself for being "far more correct about terrorism than anybody."
After the attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Trump once again congratulated himself "for being right on radical Islamic terrorism."
There is simply no excuse for the level of narcissism and egotism Trump habitually displays after tragedies.
He should take notes from Obama and learn to stop making everything about himself.