Quote of the Day: Donald Trump’s Horrifying #Brussels Statement

Quote of the Day: Donald Trump’s Horrifying #Brussels Statement

Quote of the Day: Donald Trump’s Horrifying #Brussels Statement

An ISIS attack in Brussels, Belgium has left the world shocked and in mourning. At least 34 people are dead after explosions went off in multiple locations in Brussel. Barack Obama released a short, emotionless statement that left people furious. But it’s nothing compared to what Donald Trump had to say.

Image courtesy of Knack.
Image courtesy of Knack.

While there is still so much information unknown about the deadly Belgium attacks that have claimed the lives of at least 30 people, Fox News hosted a phone-in interview with Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. The focus of his remarks seemed to be on how far the city of Brussels has fallen, as emergency first responders continue the effort after blasts rocked an airport and subway station there Tuesday.

“I’ve been talking about this for a long time. Brussels was a beautiful place,” Trump said to Fox’s Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade. He continued, “Zero crime, and now it’s a disaster city. It’s a total disaster and we have to be very careful… as to who we allow into this country.”

Minutes before, the Republican frontrunner — who is looking to capitalize on his lead in the delegate race with voting conventions in Utah and Arizona later today — took to Twitter to share his sentiments. The original Tweet seems to have been deleted after Trump misspelled the word “was”:

trump tweet

The bodies of the people killed in this attack haven’t even gotten cold yet, and Trump’s blathering on Fox News about how far Brussels has fallen. How insensitive and tactless can a person possibly be?!

By contrast, Ted Cruz showed class while also showing strength:

We Can No Longer Surrender to the Enemy Through Political Corr…

Today radical Islamic terrorists targeted the men and women of Brussels as they went to work on a spring morning. In a series of co-ordinated attacks they murdered and maimed dozens of innocent commuters at subway stations and travelers at the airport. For the terrorists, the identities of the victims were irrelevant. They –we—are all part of an intolerable culture that they have vowed to destroy. For years, the west has tried to deny this enemy exists out of a combination of political correctness and fear. We can no longer afford either. Our European allies are now seeing what comes of a toxic mix of migrants who have been infiltrated by terrorists and isolated, radical Muslim neighborhoods. We will do what we can to help them fight this scourge, and redouble our efforts to make sure it does not happen here. We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence. We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized. We need to secure the southern border to prevent terrorist infiltration.And we need to execute a coherent campaign to utterly destroy ISIS. The days of the United States voluntarily surrendering to the enemy to show how progressive and enlightened we can be are at an end. Our country is at stake.

Posted by Ted Cruz on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Notice that Cruz actually gave substantive responses to how he would fight Islamic terrorism, as opposed to Trump’s always-empty platitutdes. Trump is like the seventh-grader running for student council promising free Coke machines in the cafeteria. He knows it’s what people want to hear. He knows that they’ll cheer him on. But he has absolutely no plan as to how he’ll pull off his many ludicrous campaign promises.

A tragedy like this really shows what these presidential candidates are made of, and what we could expect if they were elected. Showing strength in the face of tragedy is, of course, a good thing. But on 9/11, George W. Bush didn’t grab his bullhorn and castigate the people of New York City for bringing the terrorist attack on themselves. He didn’t add insult to injury. Likewise, the leaders of our allied nations didn’t rub 9/11 in our faces; they showed amazing solidarity and support afterwards. It’s the complete opposite of what Trump just did. But that’s the Trump M.O.; insults and obnoxious catchphrases are all he has. Trump likes to claim that his ridiculously offensive statements are how he shows his strength. But here’s the thing: men who are actually strong don’t have to go around constantly letting everyone know. If you have to tell everyone how powerful and strong you are, then guess what? You’re probably not that strong or powerful.

Trump is not presidential in the least, and it’s the opposite of how the United States should be represented to the world. Shame on him.

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  • David Watson says:

    The truth is ugly to those who want to deny it.

  • Henry Jones says:

    This country has been “Presidential” to its demise. For over 100 years beginning with Roosevelt and Wilson, with few exceptions, we have been sold down the river by our leaders. Trump is a meat and potatoes guy who the average person identifies with and can support. Cruz is slick and voted along party lines until he decided to run for President as a conservative. In 2014 he was passing out soccer balls to illegals crossing the border. As I tell my children “give me the truth” and we can take on any issue. Trump uses this method and it is working in spite of attacks from all sides.

    • JSV says:

      Cruz most certainly did NOT vote along party lines. Why is he hated by most in the Senate? Because he stood up for his principles and what he promised his constituents before he was elected and does not go along to get along.
      Your guy is the one who is on every side of an issue changing them within days, hours or minutes. He just makes vague promises with no specifics on how he would do it and people just buy into it and him.
      Nothing in his past gives any reason to believe that he would actually DO anything he promises: like building a wall and making Mexico pay for it; or prevent all muslims from entering this country. First of all he won’t do it if and when he’s elected and even if he wanted to he can’t on his own do it, because we are not a dictatorship!

  • GWB says:

    While I tend to agree with you about Ted Cruz’ answer, I have to ask what part of Trump’s answer is “not presidential”? It was a short statement, not a full policy statement like Cruz’. While the rhetorical flourish about “no crime” is a bit overstated, it’s significantly better than 0bama’s crap in Cuba. Unless he said some other things in that interview that they cut out of the tweet, I really don’t see where he could have said much more or shown more depth, like Cruz.

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