Donald Trump has once again taken to Twitter, this time tweeting and placing the blame for the recent Berlin terror attack squarely on the shoulders of ISIS and Islamist terrorists.
December 19 saw a speeding tractor-trailer plow into a crowded Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin at 8 p.m. This event left 12 people dead and 48 injured. While The Independent reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel waited 15 hours to make a public statement, Donald Trump made his five hours after the Berlin attack.
Angela Merkel was cautious about making her public pronouncement. While no sure facts were known at the time, Merkel did concede that “we must assume it was a terror attack.”
Donald Trump posted on Twitter that Islamist terrorists were responsible for the Berlin attack and that Christians were slaughtered “continually.”
“Isis and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad.”
Trump later continued on Twitter with his thoughts.
“Today there were terror attacks in Turkey, Switzerland, and Germany – and it is only getting worse. The civilized world must change thinking!”
While many questioned Donald Trump’s stance on Muslims after watching the 2016 U.S. presidential election debates, The Independent notes that Trump has made other incendiary remarks when it comes to the purported war between Western and Eastern religions.
Earlier this year in March, Donald spoke in an interview with CNN and stated that he thought Muslims “hate us.” When CNN asked him to clarify what he said and whether he thought there was a war between the West and Muslim extremists or all Muslims in general, his reply was ambiguous.
“It’s very hard to define. It’s very hard to separate. Because you don’t know who’s who.”
Read the Trump + Obama statements on the Berlin + Ankara terror attacks. They differ in fascinating ways https://t.co/T3YEfGJuqA
— Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) December 20, 2016
Some are voicing their concerns about how Muslims will be treated when Donald Trump is in the White House. His chief strategist is set to be Steve Bannon, who has said that we are in the beginning stages of a “global war against Islamic fascism.”
After the December 19 terror attack in Berlin, a suspect was arrested. The Pakistani asylum-seeker was not the Islamist terrorist that Trump had tweeted about, however, and the man was later released when authorities realized that they may have picked up the wrong suspect, as reported by the New York Times.
The details that have emerged so far surrounding the incident in Berlin is that a truck belonging to a Polish company was hijacked somehow on its way to Berlin. The terror suspect murdered the driver, kept the body of the dead man in the cab, and drove onto Budapester Strasse.
The driver then reached the Christmas market and deliberately plowed into the Christmas stalls to make maximum impact. There would normally be a lot of people shopping around here, looking at shelves lined with toys and ornaments, so an attack like this would be extremely deadly. After the truck swerved into the Christmas market, the driver attempted to head back out onto the street but ended up crashing into a wooden stall.
Even though Donald Trump claimed without full knowledge of the events that Islamist terrorists were responsible for this attack in Berlin, CNN is reporting now that ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency put out a message on Monday claiming responsibility. They said that a “soldier of the Islamic State” carried out the Christmas market attack as one of their missions was to specifically target those belonging to international coalition countries.
Despite this statement, Paul Cruickshank, a terrorism analyst with CNN, claimed that we shouldn’t take this message at face value.
“This should not be taken to mean the group is claiming it directed this attack. Investigators have not uncovered any links to ISIS.”
How do you feel about Donald Trump’s statements on Twitter linking Islamist terrorists to the attack in Berlin and do you agree or disagree with him?
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