Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s personal spin doctor, often claims that words offered by the media can be ‘hurtful.’ Sadly, she doesn’t know her own boss well enough to learn that Trump’s many, many lies are often very harmful.
In August, 2016, Mia Ayliffe-Chung, a 20-year-old British woman was chased through a hostel in Australia, and stabbed to death. Another man, who attempted to protect the young woman from her attacker, Tom Jackson, later died from his wounds.
The man who murdered them, Smail Ayad had yelled “Allahu akbar” during the attack, the Guardian reported, but he had also rambled incoherently, stabbed a dog and “was apparently infatuated with” her daughter.
Rosie Ayliffe was intent on being accurate when writing about her daughter’s death, although she was still grieving.
“Much nonsense is being spoken in the press about her alleged killer,” Ayliffe wrote. He “is not an Islamic fundamentalist, he has never set foot in a mosque.”
More than six months have passed since the death of her daughter, but she remains in mourning. She received some solace by not seeing her daughter’s name in the press every day, reminding her of the tragedy.
The authorities had also ruled out terrorism, and referred the woman’s killer to mental health officials.
Yesterday, Rosie Ayliffe was upset when she noticed her daughter’s name in print once more. Mia’s name was on a list published by Trump’s circle of sinners as a ‘case of terrorism which was sparsely reported by the media.’
First of all, this tragedy was not an incident of terrorism, and Ms. Ayliffe was not going to allow America’s illegitimate president to use her daughter’s death for political gain.
“My daughter’s death will not be used to further this insane persecution of innocent people,” she wrote in an open letter to President Trump.
Her words were joined by the parents of the attack’s second victim, Jackson, who expressed their disbelief in an email to the White House and elsewhere.
“I’m pretty sure he and his advisers know full well — or could very easily verify — that Tom and Mia died not as the result of an act of terror but rather through the actions of a disturbed individual,” Les Jackson wrote on Facebook.
“Of course, that doesn’t suit his agenda.”
Trump’s road to the presidency and his illegitimate election were propelled by lies. Trump survived off of “alternative truths.” He has failed his supporters and the rest of 320 million Americans.
This is shameful, and extremely hurtful for the parents of these two young people.
But Trump lacks a conscience and cannot spell the word compassion.
America has an autocratic habitual liar as the primary resident of the White House. Trump is harmful to all Americans, and must be removed.
By James Turnage
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