More than a day after EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed in the Mediterranean Sea on its way to Cairo, we are still left without a clear cause. While indications are that the plane wrecked due to a terrorist action, possibly a bomb on board, that is all speculation at this point. Officials from both Egypt and France — the aircraft departed Paris — are currently investigating. So far, no terrorist organization has taken credit for it, likely ruling out ISIS, who would have immediately broadcast it if they were responsible.
— Evan Kohlmann (@IntelTweet) May 20, 2016
Of course, one Donald J. Trump didn’t bother to wait on things like facts or basic information before picking up his smartphone and rage tweeting hours after the flight disappeared.
Looks like yet another terrorist attack. Airplane departed from Paris. When will we get tough, smart and vigilant? Great hate and sickness!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2016
Now, real journalists, analysts and reporters, as well as most normal human beings, called this out for what it was — a cynical attempt to politically capitalize on a tragedy by hyping up xenophobic and Islamophobic fears. They also pointed out that this was a preview of how a President Trump would handle foreign policy issues and crises.
— Media Matters (@mmfa) May 19, 2016
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) May 20, 2016
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) May 19, 2016
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) May 19, 2016
But one network thought Trump showed great strength and true presidential chops by irresponsibly jumping the gun and not waiting for facts before blaming the whole thing on Islamic terrorism. I don’t think I even need to name them.
It started right away, when Stuart Varney popped up on Fox & Friends and talked about how good this crash could be for Trump politically. The rest of the day was followed by Trump sycophant after Trump sycophant praising the Orange One for saying what they were all thinking. Whether it was Kimberly Guilfoyle or Martha McCallum or Ainsley Earhardt, the message was clear — Trump shooting off before having specific information was just what this country needs right now and he should be in charge!
Meanwhile, the rest of the world either weeps at the prospects of Trump burning it all down, or they’re rubbing their hands at the thought of America being destroyed internally by its own stupidity.