A Study in Statesmanship versus the Raving Tweets of a Reckless Clown
Posted by Doug Draper on Niagara At Large, June 5th, 2017
Let’s begin with an example of statesmanship in the wake of another horrific attack on people who are long-time friends and allies of ours in in the international community –
Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the terrorist attack in London
June 4, 2017, Ottawa, Ontario
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement after last night’s terrorist attack in the United Kingdom:
“Canada strongly condemns the senseless attack that took place last night in London, United Kingdom, which killed and injured many innocent people. I am heartbroken that a Canadian is among those killed.
“We grieve with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones, and wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery.
“Londoners and people across the United Kingdom have always displayed strength and resilience in the face of adversity. We recently witnessed this after the attacks in Manchester and in the Westminster area of London. This time will be no different.
“These hateful acts do not deter us; they only strengthen our resolve. Canadians stand united with the British people. We will continue to work together with the United Kingdom and all our allies to fight terrorism and bring perpetrators to justice.
“The Government of Canada will not comment further at this time out of respect for the family.”
Now here is a tsunami of tweets in the wake of the same horrific event, coming down the sphincter from the White House lavatory, courtesy of Donald Trump –
The first tweet, bound to elate his self-described “under educated” base of supporters, resurrects his call for a “travel ban” for seven countries in the Middle East (except for Saudi Arabia, of course) with majority Muslim populations, which he continues to call a “travel ban” unless the “enemies of the people” in the media call it a travel ban, then it isn’t a travel ban.
“We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights,” says this June 4th tweet.. “We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!”
Here is another in the bundle of June 4th tweet that is bound to please Ted Nugent and other gun happy members of the NRA –
“Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck!”
The Donald then seemed to have one lucid moment on twitter where he sent this one, just so his friends at Fox News could say he was “presidential.”
“Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U.., we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!”
Oh, but wait a minute. Perhaps those words of support and blessings did not extend to everybody – most particularly the mayor of London, England, Sadiq Khan, who just happens to be (and here may be the elephant in the room) a Muslim and a member of England’s Labour Party. That’s because Trump tweeted the following out of context after Khan made a statement that residents and Londoners should not be alarmed by the heavy presence of armed police patrolling the streets following the attack.
“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in a terror attack,” says the Trump tweet, “and the Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”
To this tweet, a spokesperson for the London mayor simply replied that the mayor had “more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks”
I’m just about finished here too – Trump’s tweets say just about all we need to know about the measure of the man who sends them – except to say this.
Lawyers for Trump’s attorney general Jeff Sessions are about to go before the U.S. Supreme Court to defend that travel ban that is not a travel ban, except for the fact that a battery of lower court judges saw it as a travel ban, and an unconstitutional one at that. And good luck with that one.
Almost all the lawyers representing U.S. states against the travel ban have to do is go before the Supreme Court judges and read Trump’s tweets.
God Bless America. This is your president.
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