After remaining conspicuously silent on Twitter as the news broke that a racist Coast Guard officer had been plotting to assassinate top Democrats, Trump reappeared like acne on Thursday to comment instead on the Jussie Smollett case.
Trump tweeted at Smollett, saying “what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019
While the hoax that Smollett appears to have orchestrated is certainly a detestable act that may cause harm and distress both to those who supported him and to those who suffer actual hate crimes, the sight of Donald Trump accusing someone else of racism was too much hypocrisy for many to bear.
People were quick to remind Trump of his own record on race.
"Racist and Dangerous comments?" Might wanna sit this one out https://t.co/iE8FWzFtb6
— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) February 21, 2019
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) February 21, 2019
Let me absolutely clear about this, @realDonaldTrump…
YOU 👏🏿 NEVER 👏🏿 EVER 👏🏿 HAVE 👏🏿 THE 👏🏿 MORAL 👏🏿 HIGH 👏🏿 GROUND. 👏🏿 ESPECIALLY 👏🏿 WHEN 👏🏿 WE 👏🏿 ARE 👏🏿 TALKING 👏🏿 ABOUT 👏🏿 RACISM 👏🏿 AND 👏🏿 DANGEROUS 👏🏿 COMMENTS. 👏🏿 GOT 👏🏿 IT? 👏🏿 https://t.co/6ra3qcmW8v
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) February 21, 2019
Still waiting for your apology to the Central Park Five.
Still waiting for your apology to Barack Obama for promoting birtherism.
Still waiting for your apology about any of the over 6,000 lies you've told the American people since you took office.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) February 21, 2019
The Justice Department sued you because you refused to rent apartments to black people so maybe sit this one out?
— Treason Stickers (@treasonstickers) February 21, 2019
You're just like a parent that talks bad about other folk's kids but won't disciple your own. Do something about all these white USA-bred terrorists that shoot up churches…we don't need your help with this situation. https://t.co/r1NY2u3UzA
— Ike Magnifico (@IkeMagnifico) February 21, 2019
Enemy of the People slam on press?
The Coast Guard Terrorist?
The Central Park 5?
It SHOULD be argued that the guy sitting in the Oval Office wields a great deal more influence.
Your tweets insult and endanger millions DAILY.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 21, 2019
What about the Nazis you called very fine people??pic.twitter.com/bl0ElDTABZ
— Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) February 21, 2019
What about saying Obama wasn’t a citizen, Mexicans are rapists, Nazis are fine people, the Central Park 5? Spare us with your fake outrage.
— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) February 21, 2019
NOTE: DJT is a proven pathological liar, alleged and admitted serial sexual assailant, known racist, narcissistic egomaniac, bankrupted 2 casinos(twice), with deep demonstrable ties to Russia & a central role in Russian election interference & felonious criminal conspiracies. RT https://t.co/h4t5AAeTBT
— Greg Sarafan, Esq (@GSarafan) February 21, 2019
Jussie Smollett is a 36 year old entertainer who made a terrible mistake.
You're a 72 year old scam artist who perpetuates racist hoaxes and slurs INTENTIONALLY.
What the fuck is YOUR excuse?
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 21, 2019
They also wondered why he was commenting on this and not the white supremacist Coast Guard officer who was just discovered to have been plotting mass murder.
A white supremacist seeking to kill prominent Democrats and googling if Supreme Court justices were protected by secret service was caught yesterday, yet you’re tweeting about a TV actor who concocted a fake crime? You’re demented. Resign.
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) February 21, 2019
It will be interesting to see how many presidential tweets @JussieSmollett merits versus the U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist arrested with a cache of weapons and ammunition stockpiled to target politicians and journalists in a terror attack. https://t.co/Fi32POkLCk
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) February 21, 2019
I wonder if President Trump has offered even a private word of solidarity to the Trump critics targeted for murder by Christopher Hasson? Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan … all would have picked up the phone after such a threat to *anyone* with whom they had had a cross word https://t.co/FuuDqETiZF
— David Frum (@davidfrum) February 21, 2019
Smollett will be sentenced
But speaking of dangerous comments, a member of your Coast Guard was found to be a Nazi. He parroted YOUR words to plan a mass murder of American citizens, including your political opponents.
Your words are inspiring terrorism.
When will you retract? https://t.co/6Z2wtb7rKo
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) February 21, 2019
so I guess he's not gonna tweet about the Marine with 15 guns who had a list of Trump opponents and was googling "civil war if trump impeached"and has been arrested as a potential mass murderer https://t.co/9nVAFB64ZA
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 21, 2019
Can you comment on the white supremacist Coast Guard lieutenant who plotted to massacre leftists and journalists and pols critical of you? https://t.co/vigRjOHciK
— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) February 21, 2019
A potential mass murder worked at the Coast Guard headquarters, had a large weapons cache, a hit list of Democrats and journalists to kill – using nicknames like "poca warren" – names he got FROM YOU and this is the trash you are tweeting? https://t.co/Tld8sTcshS
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) February 21, 2019
3 words for you. Coast. Guard. Terrorist.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) February 21, 2019
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