Trump Blatantly Pushes Lies to Blame Democrats for Terror Attack in New York City

While past presidents tried to comfort and unite the nation after terror attacks, President Donald Trump used Tuesday’s attack in New York City to falsely accuse Democrats of helping to cause it.

On Tuesday, a 29-year-old Uzbeki national who had lived in Florida and New Jersey drove a truck down the wrong way of a bike path and killed eight people while injuring over a dozen others.

Trump initially tweeted that the attack was perpetrated by a “very sick and deranged person.”

“I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program,” he added, without any specifics. “Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!”

When reached for comment, the Department of Homeland Security referred questions about “vetting” to the White House, who refused to comment. It would appear that Trump did not order anyone to do anything except what they were already doing.

On Wednesday, while watching “Fox & Friends,” Trump began to use the attack as political fodder against his opponents, naturally getting the facts wrong.

“The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty,” Trump wrote. “I want merit based.”

“We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems,” he claimed. “We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter).”

The program Trump is referring to distributes 50,000 visas per year at random to countries who have low rates of immigration to the United States to diversify the pool of immigrants coming to the United States.

It’s true that Chuck Schumer played a key role in creating the program in 1990. But it’s also true that he played a key role in attempting to end the program when he led the effort to pass the 2013 Gang of Eight immigration bill that passed the Senate with bipartisan support but died in the House of Representatives.

The bill would have done exactly what Trump wants to do now, which is move those visas to a merit system, but it was killed by far-right conservatives.

“I guess it’s not too soon to politicize a tragedy,” Schumer responded to Trump’s attacks, adding he should focus “on the real solution – anti-terrorism funding – which he proposed cutting in his most recent budget.”

Trump’s immediate call for reform in the wake of the attack is in stark contrast from the White House’s position on gun control in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history in Las Vegas.

“We haven’t had the moment to have a deep dive on the policy part of that,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said when asked about gun control after the massacre. “We’ve been focused on the fact that we had a severe tragedy in our country. And this is a day of mourning, a time of bringing our country together, and that’s been the focus of the administration this morning.”

She was pressed at the time about why Trump is unwilling to respond immediately to the shooting the way he did when he called for a travel ban hours after the shootings in Orlando and San Bernardino.

“I think there’s a difference between being a candidate and being the President,” she replied.

So much for that.



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