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Trump dumps tact for tweets

by Nicholas Mazur - Campus Talk Editor
Tue, Nov 28th 2017 10:00 pm

Man I’ll tell you what, there’s tactless, and then there’s President Donald Trump. Give him all the crap you want, but you cannot deny he’s in a league of his own. Who else would use a terrorist attack, right after it happened, to push his own agenda?

An Egyptian mosque was attacked during its Friday prayer on Friday, Nov. 24. According to CBS News, the mosque was attacked with both explosive charges as well as gunfire, killing approximately 305 people, including 27 children, and injuring 128 others. An ISIS affiliate in the area has been deemed responsible for the attack. ISIS believes the practices of the individuals at the mosque follow a less literal, and therefore heretical, interpretation of the Islamic faith. This attack is something quite serious. Mosques are not usually targets of violence at this scale, and vastly overshadow previous attacks in the 1990’s, during previous Muslim insurgencies. 

Needless to say that this is a situation filled with tragedy, volatile political themes and deep-rooted troubles of religion. It’s simply too rhetorical to say that this is a situation anybody, especially a world leader, should a approach with caution, tact, respect, and grace. Enter Donald Trump.

Trump, in all of his glory and dysfunctional style, reached out through a tweet, the only way he knows how, or at the very least the only way he knows how to get the headlines to point back at him. According to USA Today, the president took to Twitter on the situation, having this to say: “Will be calling the President of Egypt in a short while to discuss the tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of life. We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will. Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of Egypt.”

To say the least, it seems the thesis of this tweet is a bit off. If you’re tweeting about a national tragedy, be it our nation or any other, your take away should not be, ‘oh goody, an excuse to talk about what I want to talk about.’ It should be a solemn desire to pay respects to the 305 families who have to bury loved ones who died for praying peacefully in a house of worship. Blessing the people of Egypt at the end just feels like a slap in the face when it’s tacked it onto the same xenophobic rhetoric Trump has been spouting since day one. 

If you’re as tired as I am of hearing about Trump’s tweets, then congratulations, welcome to the club. I have no desire to delve into the political divisiveness of this country, nor Trump’s hate towards anyone a little different and less rich. I certainly don’t want to talk about the border wall, no thank you, President Trump. The point here is that this is just a disgusting instance of gross misconduct.

To use a tragedy like this to talk about the very issues in this world that caused it in the first place is just ludicrous and without consciousness. I would have preferred at least a disingenuous tweet giving condolences to Egypt and it’s people. That’s it, no agenda, just, ‘I’m sorry for your loss as a nation.’

The president of the United States is supposed to be and do many things. Sure, sometimes you have to tell other nations to stick it; however, there are times when a president must conduct himself with respect for other countries, that includes the ones where non-white people live too, Mr. President. 

If Trump has any inclination towards stopping the rest of the world being embarrassed and insulted by us, he better clean up his act and his Twitter account real soon. History may be written by the winners, but the internet is forever and Trump's a jacka** of a president.

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