"Evil losers": Trump speaks out against Manchester concert bombers

Across the pond and across the aisle, politicians are expressing solidarity with Manchester

By Matthew Rozsa
Published May 23, 2017 6:57AM (EDT)
 (Getty/Paul Ellis)
(Getty/Paul Ellis)

Politicians have united in expressing solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester, where a terrorist set off a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22, according to recent reports .

President Donald Trump denounced the terrorists with one of the most damning insults in his political lexicon — loser.

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"So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life," Trump said. "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. They’re losers. And we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers. Just remember that."

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, expressed heartbreak at the terrorist attack.

"Manchester is today waking up to the most difficult of dawns," Burnham said. "It is hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours and to put into words the shock, anger and hurt that we feel today. These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorize and kill. This was an evil act."

After chairing an emergency cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May said that "it is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester and of this country have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack. An attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation."

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At least 22 people are dead as a result of the terrorist attack, including children. The first victim was identified as Georgina Callander, 18, according to Sky News.

Early Tuesday morning, a 23-year-old man was arrested, according to the BBC, though no further details are available.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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