The religion of the London terrorist is not important, according to British lawmaker Lord Digby Jones. His remark was made after Donald Trump Jr. tweeted regarding the attack. Trump Jr. criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan for a previous statement telling citizens that terrorist attacks are to be expected when living in a big city. The tweet drew the ire of some British lawmakers who claimed that Trump Jr. was attacking the lawmaker inappropriately.
Jones repudiated the tweet, saying “You’re safer in London than you’ve ever been…If this turns out to be an act of Islamic terrorism, I think the fact that the man is a Muslim is utterly and completely irrelevant.”
Some critics claimed that Khan’s quote was taken out of context because he had also said that a big city “means being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities, it means the security services being ready, but also it means exchanging ideas and best practice.”
According to the Daily Caller, the attacker was confirmed to be an Islamic extremist:
British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that the attacker, who killed four and injured 40 Wednesday, was a known Muslim extremist to British intelligence services. The Islamic State’s official propaganda arm, Amaq news agency, also claimed responsibility for the attack Thursday calling him a “soldier of the caliphate.”
British police arrested 8 others in connection to the attacks in a series of anti-terrorism late night raids across the country. May emphasized that the current attacker was “peripheral” and not currently “part of the intelligence picture.”
This isn’t the first time Khan’s credibility has been questions, though it may be the most public comment so far. Khan has been criticized in the past for his family terrorist links and willingness to share a platform with known supporters of terrorist violence.