In a coordinated, eight-site attack targeting Christians in the island nation of Sri Lanka, bombs killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday, bringing turmoil and heartbreak to the country nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
The identities of those responsible are still unclear, as is the motive for the attacks: The civil war in that country, whose end will mark its tenth anniversary in about a month, was not religious in nature, and according to authorities in Sri Lanka, Islamic extremist terrorism is all but unknown on the island — there are simply no political targets nor enmity between the people of Sri Lanka and those who might carry out such an attack.
In fact, we sadly had to find out that even our own President honestly doesn’t know much about Sri Lanka. It’s nothing new to find that he’s uninformed about an island country — he seems to have no idea that Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are part of the United States, and frankly it would surprise me if he knew the actual location of Sri Lanka, what the capital is, who the leaders are, or literally anything about it, other than probably thinking that the people who live there are most likely brown-skinned.
He certainly has no grasp of the population.
After the attack, Trump tweeted a message of condolence that made it obvious he had no idea what he was talking about and was simply going through the motions that his advisors told him to:
That was Trump’s first attempt. In case you didn’t spot the problem, it’s that he overstated the deaths by more than six times the entire population of the country. The bombs very definitely did not kill 138 million people.
To no one’s surprise, Trump quickly deleted that post. But unlike his usual routine of simply re-posting a tweet with the correct spelling or information like normal, this time Trump changed the wording entirely — and still barely mastered the English required to craft it, with yet another error in his subsequent tweet, which is still online:
138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels. The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2019
If only Donald Trump cared enough about the devastation in Sri Lanka enough to re-read his own social media posts one last time before mashing his tiny thumb onto the send button, he might sound a bit more presidential:
The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity. On a day devoted to love, redemption, and renewal, we pray for the victims and stand with the people of Sri Lanka.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 21, 2019
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