Brits Tell Trump to Mind His Own Business After Crime TweetBy
Donald Trump can’t seem to stop tweeting about terror in the U.K. This time, he weighed in on a dense 33-page statistics document, extrapolated a single crime number and linked it to “radical Islamic terror.”
“Just out report: "United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror." Not good, we must keep America safe!” the U.S. president tweeted on Friday.
The backlash was immediate. Opposition Labour Party lawmaker Chris Bryant said: “Can you please stick out of our business with such divisiveness? You clearly don’t understand difference between causation and correlation.”
Even the grandson of Winston Churchill, whose bust sits alongside Trump every day in the Oval Office, was appalled. Nicholas Soames, grandson of the wartime leader, tweeted his reaction, using a hashtag that included the insult “twerp,” aimed at the president.
The Office of National Statistics bulletin makes no link between rising crime and “radical Islamic terror.” However, it does note that there was a “substantial increase” --59 percent -- in the number of attempted murder offences over the past year, due largely to the London and Manchester terror attacks. Excluding those attacks showed homicides following a “general upward trend seen in recent years,” the report said.
A separate report into hate crime published on Tuesday does make a link between Islamist terror and a increase in crime. That rise, it explains, was caused by attacks on Muslims after the terror attacks in London and Manchester.
“Hate crime in the U.K. has gone up by almost 30 percent and rubbish like this tweet from Donald Trump is designed to provoke even more of it,” said Yvette Cooper, chairwoman of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee. “It is appalling that we have reached the point where inflammatory and ignorant statements from the President of the United States are now seen as normal.”
Gary Lineker, one of Britain’s most recognizable faces and a famous soccer player from the 1980s, had just two words in response: “scaremongering troll.”
— With assistance by Alex Morales, and Hayley Warren