His response to the carnage in New Zealand, in which 49 people were killed in an attack on two mosques, after a long history of anti-Muslim rhetoric raises new questions about his attitude towards Islam – and to what extent The President has the Responsibility to moderate his language in the face of the rise of white supremacy around the world.
On Twitter and in comments at the Oval Office, Trump clearly condemned the murders. But he has not conveyed to US Muslims a message of empathy and support that may be frightening as security in the US mosques increases.
"I have spoken with Prime Minister Ardern of New Zealand to express the grief of our entire nation the monstrous terrorist attacks on two mosques," Trump said Friday afternoon in the Oval Office, after calling the attack "a terrible massacre in the mosques" Twitter had condemned.
"These sacred places of worship were to kill scenes of evil," said the President. "We all saw what happened, it's a terrible, terrible thing."
But when asked if he has seen a worrying rise in white supremacist movements around the world, Trump said he did not do so and accused a small group of people. "with very, very serious issues." He also told reporters that he did not see the manifesto through a social media account that is believed to be one of the attackers who mentioned Trump by name and named him as "the one." Looked at the symbol of a renewed white identity.
While the President did not approach Muslims around the world, his daughter offered the language one would expect from a more conventional commander-in-chief.
The White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, called the Christchurch murders a" vicious attack on hate, " although they did not specifically mention the attack was against Muslims.
Trump's failure to point out more that the worshipers who died in Christchurch were Muslims is a double standard, as he has shown himself much clearer in the attributions A religious motivation for Other Murders.
Trump often intervened quickly when a Muslim extremist was the culprit of an attack and Muslims are not victims or use such attacks to support his political arguments.
And when he ran for office as dishonest democrats on the motivation of Muslim extremists who carried out terrorist attacks. "19659002]" These are radical Islamic terrorists and they will speak not even mentioning it, even President Obama, "said Trump in a presidential debate on Hillary Clinton. "Well, to solve a problem, you have to be able to say the problem, or at least name it."
Equivocation on white nationalism
And on Friday it was not the first time that Trump downplayed the threat of white nationalism.
British Prime Minister Resa May said there was no place in society for "the vile ideology that drives hatred and fear" (19659002). Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned a "violent, extremist, right-wing terrorist attack" (New Zealand, 19659002) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the alleged perpetrator of the attack had "extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and indeed no place in the world to have".
In a Tweet Posted in Front of Trump's Comments in the Oval Office Democratic former vice president Joe Biden – a potential White House candidate in 2020 – seemed to have Trump in mind.
"Whether antisemitism in Pittsburgh, racism in Charlottesville or xenophobia and Islamophobia today in Christchurch, violent hatred is on the rise both at home and abroad, we can not be there when mosques become murder scenes," Biden tweeted.
"Silence is complicity," he added, "Our children are listening, the time to talk is now."
Texas Democrat Joaquin Castro condemned Trump for what he called extremist rhetoric.
"It has a cost and the cost is part of what we have seen today, there are people who are unstable, who are inspired and take action," Castro told Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" ,
Mercedes Schlapp, Director of Strategic Communications at the White House, told reporters Friday it was "outrageous" They even establish this connection between this confused individual who committed this evil crime to the president, repeating bigotry and racism has condemned. "
Trump's dismissal of the idea that white nationalism is on the rise is contrary to the warnings of his own government was a characteristic example of how he ignores statistics that do not meet his political arguments.
Trump's view also does not take into account the rise of white nationalist groups in politics in Europe
Ross Levitt of CNN this story.