Police across America have often felt neglected and targeted by the current president, and that’s not necessarily an incorrect impression. It often seems that our nation’s first responders are an afterthought when it comes to Barack Obama.
Not so with President-elect Donald Trump. Just hours after the Ohio State University attack on Monday — which injured 11 and ended with the Somali-born assailant dead, according to the BBC — Trump took to Facebook to thank those who helped stop the 18-year-old man accused of responsibility.
“Watching the news unfold at Ohio State University. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the students and administration,” Trump said in the statement. “Excellent job by the Ohio State University Emergency Management Team (OSU_EMFP) in immediately notifying students & faculty via social media with the message: ‘Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”
“THANK YOU to all FIRST RESPONDERS who reacted immediately and eliminated the threat on campus.”
In contrast, as of Wednesday morning, there was still no official statement from the president on the White House website, and Obama hasn’t tweeted anything since before Election Day.
Of course, this may have something to do with the fact that the man suspected of the attack — 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan — was described by the BBC as a Somali-born refugee.
“America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah (community). We are not weak,” Artan apparently wrote.
That doesn’t sound a lot like something that would fit Obama’s agenda, especially on the refugee question. Of course, Artan’s motive was yet to be determined, although one can take a reasonable guess that it’s not “workplace related” (as Obama called San Bernardino). Maybe this time it will be “road rage.”