A side by side comparison of President Donald Trump’s response to the Manchester Arena terrorist attack and President Barack Obama’s response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando reveal a lot about how the two perceive terror differently. And it says a lot in the face of the evil we face as a country, and the world as a whole faces.
Trump addressed the tragedy in the United Kingdom that claimed 22 live and left at 59 injured in no uncertain terms, saying the victims were “murdered by evil losers in life” and targeted in a terrorist attack by extremists. He also added that: “This wicked ideology must be obliterated, and I mean completely obliterated. Life must be protected.”
“So many young, beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life,” Trump said in response to the attack. “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers, because that’s what they are. They’re losers. And we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers. Just remember that.”
In the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting carried out by an Islamic extremist, Obama took a more measured tone. While pointing out the event was an “act of terror,” Obama went on to say they reached “no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer.” Obama also added that he directed authorities to “spare no effort to determine what — if any — inspiration or association this killer may have had with terrorist groups.”
Former President Obama also used the incident to bring up gun laws in the United States, saying “reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.”