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Bicycles and debris lay on a bike path after a motorist drove onto the path near the World Trade Center memorial killing eight people on November 1.
Bicycles and debris lay on a bike path after a motorist drove onto the path near the World Trade Center memorial killing eight people on November 1.

Trump Reactions to IS and Far-Right Terror Compared

Trump’s reactions to attacks perpetrated by the far right, however, take on a starkly different tone, and sometimes do not elicit a reaction at all

Trump Reactions to IS and Far-Right Terror Compared

A vehicle-ramming attack in New York City in which a man in a rented pickup truck mowed down eight pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path has drawn a strong reaction from US President Donald Trump, who called the attacker "very sick and deranged" and pledged to step up vetting of those entering the US.
Local news stations, citing sources in law enforcement, said the attacker, who they named as Sayfullo Saipov, had left a note inside the car in which he pledged allegiance to the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group, Al Jazeera reported.
The usual components found in Trump's responses to the attacks include: strong condemnation of whoever is responsible, an expression of sympathy for those affected, and a call to action in some form.
Trump's reactions to attacks perpetrated by the far right, however, take on a starkly different tone, and sometimes do not elicit a reaction at all.

 

The driver was shot in the abdomen by police after jumping out of the truck with what turned out to be a fake gun in each hand. The man underwent surgery and was in critical condition but was expected to survive.
The city's mayor, Bill de Blasio, condemned the attack as "cowardly" and investigators have labeled it a "terrorist" incident.
"We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!" The US president tweeted using another acronym for IS, later adding: "I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already extreme vetting program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!"
Trump's reaction is in keeping with his responses to other attacks when the perpetrators are associated with IS.
After a non-fatal tube bombing attack in London in September, Trump angrily condemned the suspect as "sick and demented".
The US leader was similarly indignant after June's deadly stabbing attack in the British capital, voicing anger at London Mayor Sadiq Khan's response to the killings.
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!” he tweeted.
Similar reactions followed attacks in the Spanish city of Barcelona, and in the French capital, Paris.
In all of the cases, the attackers had expressed sympathy for IS or were believed to have been associated with the armed group.
After the shooting attack on police officers on the Champs Elysee in Paris in April, the US president wrote: "The people of France will not take much more of this."
An earlier attack on the Louvre Museum in Paris, drew the response: "GET SMART US"
Not long after the attack on Tuesday, Trump said he had "ordered Homeland Security to step up [the US'] already extreme vetting program".

***Far-Right Violence
When white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr drove his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing one and wounding 19 others, Trump wrote: "Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!"
Any condemnation of the attacker or his ideology was absent, and there was no call by the US president to address the issue of rising white supremacism in the US.
In a press conference shortly after the attack, Trump condemned violence on "both sides".
While the Charlottesville attack, which was widely labeled a "terrorist attack" by US media outlets, drew a response from Trump, other attacks have not made it to his Twitter feed.
Just nine days after Trump assumed the presidency, a gunman shot and killed six worshippers at a mosque in the Canadian city of Quebec.
Alexandre Bissonnette, the suspected attacker, had expressed his support for Trump's Muslim ban and white supremacist ideology.
The White House later issued a statement offering condolences to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau but Trump's reaction on his Twitter feed was muted, not mentioning the attack at all.
There was a similar response in June when a man drove a van into worshippers leaving a mosque in London, leaving one person dead.
The White House issued a statement, but Trump's Twitter feed was silent.
Trump was also criticized online for his silence when a white supremacist stabbed two men to death in the US city of Portland after they defended two Muslim teenagers he was abusing.
After heavy criticism from his opponents, the US president eventually tweeted a response, which did not include any mention of the attacker's ideology or the issue of rising white supremacism in the US.
Trump tweet: "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are with them."
The tweet from the official POTUS account, not Trump's personal account, however.
***Online Reaction
Trump's critics have seized on his reactions to different attacks as evidence of his alleged propensity for far-right ideas.
Under his most recent tweet on the attack in New York, opponents of the US leader accused him of reacting more strongly to attacks committed by Muslims than those by white supremacists.
"And where was your extreme gun vetting program after Las Vegas? Oh but wait, we're not supposed to talk politics after events like this," asked one Twitter user named Scott Rodgers, referring to the recent mass shooting in the city, in which 58 people were killed and hundreds others were injured.
"What's the difference?" Asked another, before continuing "Oh yeah, this guy's a Muslim. That's literally it."

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