Donald Trump needed little time to comment on the 2016 knife attack that left 10 people wounded (and attacker Dahir Adan dead) in a St. Cloud mall.
Tying that attack in with an unrelated bomb in New York, Trump tweeted he was "thinking of the victims, their families and all Americans!" He also tweeted that we need to be "strong," and later told Fox & Friends these terrorist attacks had happened because we are "weak."
For some reason, President Trump has not been as quick to think about victims -- or prescribe solutions -- in the case of Dar Al Farooq, the Twin Cities mosque bombed this past weekend. His Twitter feed the past couple days has been a torrent of defensive self-inflation (he's hard at work! Not on vacation!) and media criticism: The phrase "fake news" appears four times.
So far he's made no mention of the Bloomington mosque bombing. The Department of Homeland Security released a tepid statement, assuring the public acting director Elaine Duke "is aware" of the bombing, and "vigorously condemn" an attack "on any religious institution."
As Al Jazeera notes, some are detecting a bit of a "double standard" in how Trump reacts -- or in this case, doesn't react at all -- depending on what kind of people were the targets of an attack.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, meanwhile, needed all of one day to describe the bombing as a "criminal act of terrorism," and an "unthinkable, unforgivable" event.
"I hope and pray that the perpetrator will be caught, and prosecuted to the full extent of the law," Dayton said Sunday.
DFL U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, noted the Dar Al Farooq bombing fits in with a larger trend of "anti-Muslim hate crimes," and compared it to anti-Semitic, racist, or anti-LGBT acts.
"All this stuff where you hate people because of who they are, we're against that," Ellison said. "And now is the moment to step up and proclaim it, and to work on it, and to build a more inclusive community."
The bomber appears to have thrown an improvised explosive device through the window of the imam's office at around 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning, right around the mosque's call to prayer. No one was injured in the attack, but the office was badly damaged. A GoFundMe account the mosque established Sunday to help pay for repairs has raised more than $35,000 toward its $95,000 goal.
The FBI and the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are taking the lead on the investigation, the Star Tribune reports, and has interviewed witnesses (one mosque member describes seeing a pickup truck leave the parking lot after the explosion) and collected forensic evidence. Anyone with information on the attack can contribute by dialing the bureau's 1-800-CALL-FBI tip line.
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