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Trump’s silence on mosque bombing provokes criticism

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For The HuffPost, Carol Kuruvilla says: “Days after an explosion rocked a Minnesota mosque, President Donald Trump has yet to publicly offer his support to the community. … The president’s silence this week isn’t surprising. Dozens of U.S. mosques have been targeted with threats, vandalism or arson since the beginning of the year, and Trump has yet to offer a word of condolence or comfort to American Muslims, who are concerned about their place in society and the safety of their places of worship.” 

At Newsweek, Jack Moore writes: “Trump’s inaction provoked censure on Twitter. ‘Dear @realDonaldTrump, there was an act of domestic terrorism at the Dar Al Farooq mosque. Your silence is deafening. Sincerely, America,’ one user said in a tweet. … One joked: The only thing missing from Trump’s denunciation of the attack on a Minnesota mosque was a denunciation of the attack on a Minnesota mosque.’ Trump’s silence on the attack follows similar periods of quiet after the January shooting at a mosque in Quebec that left six dead, the murder of a Muslim teenager in Virginia and the Finsbury Park mosque attack in London that left one dead, both in June.”

The Strib kicks in with this: “This kind of interfaith, cross-community unity is the real face of Minnesota — not the hateful cowardice shown in the mosque attack. And it’s not just rhetorical: By late afternoon Monday, a GoFundMe page set up to raise the $95,000 needed to repair the damage done by what the FBI described as ‘an improvised explosive device’ already had received more than $52,000. Minnesota has a national reputation for tolerance and inclusion, but that ethos is increasingly under attack. ”

Palace intrigue: In the Pioneer Press, Bob Shaw writes: “A supersized ice palace is being planned for the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival  — to coincide with the 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis. The $15 million structure is expected to be built on the grounds of the state Capitol, according to a Monday night presentation at the annual meeting of the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Winter Carnival. The details of the planned ice palace were announced by David Crary, co-chair of the foundation’s Ice Palace Committee. He didn’t say how high the palace would be but hopes it will exceed the 163-foot height of the 1992 palace, built at Harriet Island to coincide with Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome. “The Super Bowl will be in Minneapolis, but the fun will be in St. Paul,” Crary said. 

A train container of counterfeit …  planes. The PiPress story says, “Federal border officials say they have seized $575,000 worth of counterfeit toy airplanes in International Falls, Minn. U.S. Customs and Border Protection didn’t say what led them to question the 36,000 toy airplanes early this month, but further investigation determined that the importer and manufacturer lacked licenses to display the trademark or make the toys. The toys filled a rail container.”

Good mutts. A KARE-TV story by Adrienne Broadus says: “The war on drugs now has three, new four-legged fighters. After weeks of training, the newest members of the Minnesota State Patrol demonstrated how they search locations for drugs. The new K-9s, King, Remy and Keno, all experienced 10 weeks of training where they learned to detect various drugs in different locations. Sgt. Chat Mills, the K-9 Coordinator, said dogs are paired with handlers that match their personalities. … The Minnesota State Patrol now has 15 K-9’s.”

Another gas scare. Says Tim Nelson for MPR: “CenterPoint Energy workers have shut off a gas leak after the incident forced evacuation from several buildings in Minneapolis’ Prospect Park neighborhood Monday afternoon. Firefighters were clearing the scene and all occupants were allowed back into their buildings by 7 p.m., the fire department said on Twitter. However, workers remained at building under construction — where the leak apparently started — as of early Monday night.”

Oh, carp. Kirsti Marohn of MPR says, “A long-awaited federal report recommends using methods including noise, electricity, water jets and other methods to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 488-page study focuses on the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Ill. It’s considered a key bottleneck in the effort to prevent Asian carp from moving upstream from the Mississippi River watershed into the Great Lakes basin. The Corps of Engineers studied six alternatives and recommended a combination, including installing an electric barrier and a system that uses ‘complex noise’ as a deterrent.”

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Jeff Michaels on 08/08/2017 - 08:18 am.

    The wisdom of Donald Trump

    The Donald is wiser than many knee-jerk Minnesota politicians. I am sure he recalls the Minnesota situation a few months back when the St. Olaf campus was upset about a racist note threatening a student, which was contrived by an African-American student to draw attention the “campus climate.”

    The FBI has not called this event a hate crime. Minnesota politicians and the news media should take a step back and wait until more information is available. The past can be a very worthwhile teacher.

    • Submitted by Nicholas Hansen on 08/08/2017 - 08:43 am.


      I’m fairly certain Mr. Trump doesn’t care about notes on small, midwestern college campuses, or that said notes make his daily briefings.

      Also, this was a literal explosion. There’s a little bit of a difference there.

    • Submitted by Harris Goldstein on 08/08/2017 - 09:03 am.

      “The past can be a very worthwhile teacher”

      I can’t imagine a statement that so completely contrary to Trump’s behavior as “The past can be a very worthwhile teacher.”. So to suggest that he is waiting for the facts before making a statement is ridiculous.

  2. Submitted by Mike Chrun on 08/08/2017 - 10:45 am.

    Oxymoron Alert

    “Wisdom” and “wiser” used in reference to Trump. Thanks for the laugh, Jeff.

  3. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/08/2017 - 11:46 am.

    Trump Will Never Say Anything in Support of Muslims

    no matter how egregiously they’re attacked,…

    because to do so would offend his small (and shrinking) base,…

    and thus would be bad for Trump.

    As always the ONLY thing Donald Trump cares about is himself.

    The ONLY way he evaluates any news item is based on how it effects Trump.

    If it’s good for Trump it’s accurate.

    If he thinks it’s bad for Trump it’s “fake news.”

    With that in mind, any action Trump might take that helps keep the wool pulled down over the eyes of his supporters is GOOD.

    Anything that might reveal him for the fraud he has always been is BAD.

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