Tuesday, New York suffered its worst terrorist attack since 9/11, when a man drove a truck down a Manhattan bike path killing eight people and injuring several others. Authorities have arrested a man they believe drove the truck, named Sayfullo Saipov, from Uzbekistan, a man who emigrated to this country in 2010. President Trump, in the wake of the attack, has started to once again demand immigration reform including a stronger investigation process of all immigrants. Immigration reform has always been a central part of President Trump’s agenda and his calls for immigration reform have caused some to accuse the president of politicizing the attack. The question should be asked: Is President Trump politicizing the attack on New York?
People who feel the president is politicizing the attack point to the way President Trump has reacted to other incidents in recent months; such as, how the White House claimed it was not time to talk about gun control after the Las Vegas mass shooting because that would be politicizing a tragedy, yet he is talking about immigration reform less then 24 hours after the attack. They point out that he is already pushing Congress for some action on immigration, which benefits him with his base, yet he has done nothing towards gun control, which his base is against. Finally, they feel that he doesn’t care about the people of New York, but about what the attack can do for him politically.
Those who don’t feel the president is politicizing the attack argue that he was elected to make this country strong again and that is what he is trying to do. They feel he is calling yesterday’s attack what it was, a terrorist attack, and he will not sugarcoat things for people. Those who voted for him want action and that is what the president is giving them. Finally, they feel the Democrats are the ones politicizing the attack, not the president.
The events in New York on Tuesday were horrible. A person turned an everyday vehicle into a murder machine and ended the lives of eight people and hurt many others. Once again, the great city of New York has been the victim of a terrorist attack. Is the president using this tragedy for his own gain? That is for each of us to decide.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on CNN says don’t politicize attack:
Is President Trump politicizing the attack on New York for his own political gain? Is President Trump using what happened in New York to try and get the immigration reform he craves? Or, is he merely calling what happened in New York what it is: terrorism?
Yes, President Trump is politicizing the New York attack
Those who feel the president is politicizing the attack in New York say that just by the different ways he reacted to New York and Las Vegas is proof that he is.
Trump after Vegas: don't politicize this abt guns, but right after NYC Trump politicizes w/false info (per Gov Cuomo) & blames Sen Schumer pic.twitter.com/EmNu9ws0Z3
— Al Stoffel (@alstoffel) November 1, 2017
The length to which trump is willing to go to politicize the NY attack is obscene. I swear, nothing animates this man like hate. NOTHING.
— Mae T. (@mspoint1106) November 1, 2017
took less than a day for trump to politicize #NYCTerroristAttack yet a month after Vegas, nothing on gun control…
— sean (@seansseansseans) November 1, 2017
Vegas, wait for the facts. Charlottesville, blame both sides. 10 year resident is Islam, ban all immigrants
— Howard (@HowardA_Esq) November 1, 2017
No, President Trump is not politicizing the New York attack
People who feel he is not politicizing the attack say it is the Democrats, not the president, that are politicizing the attack. He is just trying to keep us safe.
— Alice Lowrance (@LowranceAlice) November 1, 2017
CPK Trump didn’t politicize anything. It’s the Gov and Mayor who started talking about gun laws.
— Tim Hill (@docsmoon) November 1, 2017
— Politcswatch (@Politcswatch) November 1, 2017
Thank you @realDonaldTrump for calling out liberal sanctuary & diversity immigration policies that are making America less safe!
— onesoldiersmom (@onesoldiersmom) November 1, 2017
What do you think? Is President Trump politicizing the attack in New York?