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Trump Criticized For Lack Of Response To London Attack

| by Jordan Smith
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Critics of President Donald Trump have spoken out against his lack of response to the latest attack in London.

In the early hours of June 19, a man driving a van deliberately drove into worshipers leaving a mosque in the Finsbury Park neighborhood of the British capital, The Guardian reported.

One person was killed and 11 were injured in the attack.

The 47-year-old suspect, who was identified as Darren Osborne, reportedly said after the attack, "I want to kill all Muslims."

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Osborne has previously expressed hatred toward Muslims.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a June 19 briefing that his "thoughts and prayers" were with the victims. Trump has yet to comment personally on the incident.

"If it was about terrorism, you would recognize these incidents regardless of who does it," Carol Anderson, a scholar at Emory University, told the Boston Globe. "But this is situational. This situational concern underlies everything in this administration."

Anderson pointed to the contrast with Trump's response to the terrorist attack in London earlier in June carried out by Muslim extremists. In the aftermath of the attack, Trump criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan for his reaction.

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"We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse," Trump tweeted.

Others also drew attention to the differing responses from the White House.

"So when acts of terror are committed by Muslims, [the president of the United States] can't wait to tweet. When they are committed against Muslims, nothing," David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, wrote on Twitter.

Trump was criticized in May for failing to respond to violent acts directed against minorities. It took the White House three days to react to the killing of two men in Portland, Oregon, after they tried to defend Muslim teenagers who were being verbally abused by an alleged white supremacist.

"Perhaps Portland, Oregon, is off your radar," journalist Dan Rather wrote in an open letter to Trump. "It is, after all, a rather liberal place. It's even a 'sanctuary city.' But it is still an American city. And you are its president. Two Americans have died leaving family and friends behind. They are mourned by millions more who are also deeply worried about what might come next. I hope you can find it worthy of your time to take notice."

A day later, Trump issued a condemnation of the violence from his official presidential Twitter account.

Sources: Boston Globe, The Guardian / Photo credit: The White House/Wikimedia Commons

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