President Trump sent out a tweet on Friday condemning a machete attack committed by a Muslim in Paris — but has not expressed outrage about an attack perpetrated by a white supremacist in Quebec.
A new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum in Paris. Tourists were locked down. France on edge again. GET SMART U.S.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
Although Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer declared at the time that the Quebec City mosque shooting was "a terrible reminder of why we must remain vigilant and why the president is taking steps to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to our nation’s safety and security," the administration notably did not mention that the attack was motivated by hatred of Muslims. What's more, Trump himself never expressed public condolences to the Muslim community, instead only privately reaching out to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
On Friday, Twitter users were quick to point out that Trump blasted non-fatal attacks committed by Muslims, but was silent when Muslims were killed.
Trump has not tweeted about the right-wing white man suspected of killing six Muslims at a mosque in Quebec. https://t.co/k8fvRGPrXE
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) February 3, 2017
— Mary Anne Franks (@ma_franks) February 2, 2017
This is a quick tweet about a foreign attack that lightly wounded 1. Trump hasn't personally spoken about the Quebec murder of 6 Muslims. https://t.co/tkn5gZurvZ
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 3, 2017
Trump tweeted about the Louvre attack within hours today. He never tweeted about Quebec mosque attack.
— Ben Gittleson (@bgittleson) February 3, 2017
I find it instructive to compare Trump’s tweet on the thwarted Louvre attack to his tweet on the Quebec terror attack that killed 6 people: pic.twitter.com/U2wzUS6UVr
— Nicole Hemmer (@pastpunditry) February 3, 2017
Earlier this week, Trump ordered a government program called Countering Violent Extremism to focus only on radical Islamic movements, even though in the past it has also focused heavily on extreme right-wing and white supremacist activities.