These Responses To Trump's Barcelona Statement Call Out His Hypocrisy
On Thursday morning, a van crashed into a group of tourists near the Las Ramblas neighborhood in Barcelona. More than 10 people are reported dead, with as many as 50 people injured. Local police have deemed the incident a terrorist attack and are investigating the area.
Hours after the attack, the president wrote his condolences to the victims, and people are calling out Trump for his response to Barcelona, and how he called it terrorism without question, much different than his response to last weekend's victims of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump's refusal to condemn the white supremacists in Charlottesville present a stark contrast to his response to Barcelona. "I think there is blame on both sides. You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I'll say it right now," Trump told reporters at The Trump Tower on Tuesday.
During the rally on Saturday, a neo-Nazi hit a group of anti-racist protesters with his car, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Despite this tragedy, Trump did not directly call out the white supremacists or name the incident as terrorism. In contrast, his statement on the Barcelona tragedy is far more direct, and therefore, feels hypocritical to many.
Here are some of the responses to his statement.
This Critique Of Trump's Speedy Response
Calling Out Trump's Racial Double Standard
Using Trump's Own Words To Make A Point
Trump on #Barcelona if they weren't Muslim: "There were some very fine people in that van. What were the pedestrians up to? I need facts."— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) August 17, 2017
Trump's Defense Of Nazis
It took Trump 2 hours to issue a strong statement condemning the #Barcelona attack. It took him 3 days to reject (then defend) Nazis.— Nathan Lean (@nathanlean) August 17, 2017
The Mysterious Timing
Needles And Pins
Trump on pins & needles right now waiting to hear whether the Barcelona terrorist was the kind he likes or the kind he likes to tweet about.— Johnny McNulty (@JohnnyMcNulty) August 17, 2017
That Perfect Jim Carrey GIF
How Trump Treats Islam Vs. White Supremacy
Notice how it only took Donald Trump a couple minutes to call the Barcelona, Spain attack radical Islamic terrorism.— Becca🕊 (@MJStarLover) August 17, 2017
A Meta Critique Of The Liberal Critiques
Will Liberals condemn all of Islam like they did last week with Trump supporters in Charlottesville ??#Barcelona— Riya sharma (@riyasharma266) August 17, 2017
Deploying The Pig Blood Bullets
An Absurd Shout Out To Gas Station Sushi
When Melania Got Called Out For Tone Policing
The Crucial Reminder That All Of It Is Horrible
Far right politicizing Barcelona to minimize Charlottesville.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 17, 2017
Terrorism is terrorism. Regardless of skin color, religion, geography, etc.
When Song Lyrics Are All That's Left
When Even Mario Has No Idea What's Happening
CNN just directly compared the Charlottesville car kill to the Barcelona attack, wondering if it could've been a "copycat" pic.twitter.com/lX8DfBXZuE— John Craft (@TheFrenchCritic) August 17, 2017
Another Shout Out To Trump's "Both Sides Are Bad" Statement
President Trump condemns the Barcelona van attack within hours, prompting many to compare his reaction to Charlottesville. pic.twitter.com/SBnKIthM6e— AJ+ (@ajplus) August 17, 2017
The Countdown Ahead Of Time
A Time To Place Your Bets
As with all trending topics on Twitter, particularly pertaining to the current political climate, the responses to Trump's hypocrisy are continuing to pile up. Hopefully, in the future we'll reach a place where terrorism is condemned indiscriminately and victims receive justice across the globe. Those recovering from Charlottesville and the Barcelona crash deserve that much.