Donald Trump’s son lays into Sadiq Khan in the aftermath of the Westminster attacks

Sadiq Khan Donald Trump Jr 22 March
Ed Sykes

While US President Donald Trump seemed to exercise restraint on Twitter in the wake of the 22 March Westminster attacks, his oldest son did not.

Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric are currently trustees of The Trump Organization, running the company during their father’s presidency. But after the attacks in London on 22 March, Donald decided to dive into political commentary. Using the opportunity to lay into Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, he tweeted:

Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter 22 March

But this was misleading, to say the least.

What Sadiq Khan actually said, and when…

Channel 4‘s Ciaran Jenkins was just one of those to point out the inaccurate and unconstructive nature of Trump Jr’s tweet:

Apparently, Trump Jr had taken Khan’s comments out of context to make a cheap political point.

Khan actually said, after a terror attack in New York in September 2016, that:

part and parcel of living in a great global city is you’ve got to be prepared for these things. You’ve got to be vigilant. You’ve got to support the police; doing an incredibly hard job. You’ve got to support the security services.

In context, there’s nothing controversial about that statement. But after the March 2017 attacks in London, Donald Trump Jr clearly thought it was appropriate to make it look controversial, by suggesting that Khan had told people in big cities they should get used to terror attacks. Something that Khan clearly did not say.

Shame on him.

Get Involved

– See the actual response from Sadiq Khan to the 22 March attacks here:

– Also follow The Canary’s coverage of the attacks here.

Featured image via Steve Punter and Gage Skidmore

We need your help ...

The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world, fast. And we will do all we can to keep bringing you news and analysis throughout. But we are worried about maintaining enough income to pay our staff and minimal overheads.

Now, more than ever, we need a vibrant, independent media that holds the government to account and calls it out when it puts vested economic interests above human lives. We need a media that shows solidarity with the people most affected by the crisis – and one that can help to build a world based on collaboration and compassion.

We have been fighting against an establishment that is trying to shut us down. And like most independent media, we don’t have the deep pockets of investors to call on to bail us out.

Can you help by chipping in a few pounds each month?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed