Trump's Shameful Habit of All But Ignoring Attacks on Muslims

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Media Outlet: Rolling Stone

Albert Ford was quoted in a Rolling Stone article, which also cited his "Terrorism in America After 9/11" report.

President Trump tweets frequently about cases involving jihadist terrorism in Europe, Australia and the United States. But he hasn't tweeted a peep – nor said anything publicly – about Monday's Finsbury Park attack, north of London, in which 47-year-old Darren Osborne shouted, "I want to kill all Muslims!" before driving his car into a crowd outside a mosque, killing one person and injuring eight.

Nor has Trump said or written anything about the brutal killing of a 17-year-old, abaya-wearing Muslim girl, Nabra Hassanen, who was kidnapped outside a Virginia mosque and battered to death with a metal bat by road-raging driver Darwin Martinez Torres on Father's Day.

Earlier this year in Portland, Oregon, after Joseph Christian stabbed two good samaritans to death and wounded a third – people who were defending two young women, one wearing a hijab, while Christian shouted that "Muslims should die" – it took Trump four days to tweet that the attack was "unacceptable."

And in January, when a white nationalist named Alexandre Bissonnette slaughtered six Muslims and injured five others in a shooting rampage outside a Quebec mosque, Trump didn't tweet about that either. All the victims of that attack got from the U.S. president was a days-late acknowledgement from adviser Kellyanne Conway that he was "sympathetic to any loss of life."

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Albert Ford is a program associate with the International Security and Fellows programs at New America.