Wednesday, a suspected lone terrorist took to the streets of London to wreak havoc. After two separate attacks, one on the Westminister Bridge and the on Parliament, four people were dead, and over a dozen had been injured. Donald Trump, Jr. chose this time to criticize the terrorized city’s mayor.
Many are fuming, saying Trump Jr’s timing couldn’t have been worse. He took to Twitter, (sound familiar?) and blasted the mayor of London, Sadiq Aman Khan PC, just two hours after one of the attacks happened. At the time of his offensive tweet, very little was known about the London terrorist attacks.
The world was already aware that a terrorist had attacked people near the Parliament in the UK. Most knew that four people had been murdered in the incident. So, one can assume Donald Trump, Jr. understood the severity of the situation. But, The President’s namesake was compelled to remind London Mayor Sadiq Khan about words he spoke about six months ago.
Roughly two hours after at least four people was killed near the U.K. Parliament, the President’s son reposted an article from last year where Sadiq Khan spoke about the dangers of living in world capitals.
“You have to be kidding me?! Terror attacks are part of living in the big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan,” Trump Jr. said alongside a piece from The Independent.
Khan’s statements last September came after the Chelsea bombing wounded 29 people with homemade explosives.
“Part and parcel of living in a great global city is you’ve got to be prepared for these things, you’ve got to be vigilant, you’ve got to support the police doing an incredibly hard job,” Khan said at the time.
It was not immediately clear what Trump Jr. found so offensive about Khan’s comments that he posted it six months later after an attack in the mayor’s city.
The leader of the Trump Organization was criticized online for his comments in the middle of an incident that resulted in the loss of life.
“Is this helpful @DonaldJTrumpJr? Did you even read the article before goading London’s Mayor during a live incident?” British journalist Ciaran Jenkins said.
“Khan is right. These things happen. We fight against them. But we don’t wildly over-react or let them change our way of life,” Londoner Tom Coates said, adding that he had lived through IRA bombings and the 7/7 attacks on the London Underground.
As of early evening local time, London authorities said that at least four people including a police officer and the attacker had been killed as 20 more people were wounded when a car hit pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing into a railing at Parliament.
The assailant allegedly got out of the car and fatally stabbed the officer before being shot by police.
Khan said in a statement on Twitter that his “thoughts are with those affected and their families” and expressed thanks to the police and emergency workers who responded.