Whether any of us like it or not, and even as much of a running joke as it’s become on some level, Donald Trump’s use of Twitter is still significant. No matter how his administration, or even his lawyers, want to spin his behavior on social media, his Twitter rants are the closest thing we get to seeing how deranged and unhinged he truly is.
As he’s said many times before, he views Twitter as his way to get his message out.
However, it can also be what Trump doesn’t say that’s just as disgraceful, hateful, or damaging. Such as when he doesn’t recognize hate crimes or terrorist attacks carried out against Muslims.
He wasted practically no time rushing to politicize the London Bridge attack on June 3rd, going as far as to repeatedly attack the city’s mayor by completely taking a quote out of context. While London’s mayor was trying to ease people’s minds due to the heightened police presence following the horrific attack, Trump disgustingly twisted his words to imply he was downplaying the significance of the tragedy because it had been carried about by Islamic radicals.
Yet he and his administration were completely silent following a terrorist attack against Muslims where a white male allegedly drove a van into a crowd of worshipers outside of a mosque in London. Even when reporters specifically asked for an official statement, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to issue any sort of meaningful comment denouncing it and calling out the vile attack against Muslims.
That silence speaks volumes.
Just like Trump didn’t say anything when a white male, telling them to “get out of my country,” shot two Indian nationals, killing one, at a Kansas bar.
Nor did Trump publicly condemn the terrorist attack when a white male in Canada opened fire on a mosque in Quebec City, killing six and wounding five others.
Would Trump have been silent if the same crimes were committed by Muslim men against white Christians?
When two people died after fatally being stabbed by a white supremacist trying to stop his racist attack on a Muslim teenager, it took intense pressure calling for him to condemn the attack before Trump issued any sort of “official statement.” Even when he did, he didn’t do it on his official Twitter account. He released the statement on the “@POTUS” account with far fewer followers, one which he never uses directly. In fact, if you look at that account, it’s almost entirely used to do nothing more than retweet things. So even when he was asked to condemn a hate crime, he wouldn’t do it on his personal Twitter account.
The pattern goes on and on.
When there’s an Islamic-led terrorist attack, Trump’s quick to use these tragedies to push his anti-Muslim hate and propaganda. He seizes on practically every one of these “opportunities” to fear-monger and push paranoia, stoking the flames of hate toward followers of Islam, all for his own political gain.
Yet when there’s a terrorist attack or hate crime carried out against Muslims, he’s almost always silent. Because that doesn’t benefit him, his agenda, or his desire to push hate.
By seizing on practically every terrorist attack linked to Islam, Trump’s solidifying his clear message: Muslims are bad, dangerous, and should be feared.
But when he ignores attacks against Muslims, especially those carried out by non-Muslims, that comes dangerously close to silently endorsing these heinous acts. Obviously he’s not publicly supporting the monstrous behavior, but this pattern of silence, from a man who’s almost never silent when a Muslim acts-out violently, could be interpreted by some as him expressing some sort of twisted understanding as to why some might carry out hate crimes and terrorist attacks on Muslims.
It’s essentially a form of “conditioning.” The term is defined as:
A simple form of learning involving the formation, strengthening, or weakening of an association between a stimulus and a response.
In this instance, Trump’s behavior could be teaching those who support him to think that certain attacks — more specifically, those carried out against Muslims — aren’t as bad as others because he never quickly and strongly condemns them in the same way he does when a Muslim carries out an act of terror.
So make no mistake about it, Donald Trump’s silence on these attacks against Muslims is just another way he’s pushing hate. By not condemning them the same way he does those carried out by Islamic radicals, his silence sends the clear message that he’s not nearly as disgusted — if at all — when terrorism or hate crimes target Muslims, or minorities in general.