Trump Claims NY Explosion Was a Bomb Without Confirmation
Donald Trump, taking the podium at a rally in Colorado Springs, announced to the crowd that a bomb had exploded in New York; when at the time it is still unclear what caused the reported explosion.
At the current moment the cause of the explosion has not been determined.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) September 18, 2016
“Just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows exactly what’s going on, but, boy we are really in a time. We better get very tough, folks,” Trump said. “It’s a terrible thing that’s going on in our world and in our country and we are going to get tough and smart and vigilant. We’ll see what it is.”
ABC noted later Saturday night that roughly 25 people had been injured, but all injuries were minor. Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement that the explosion appeared to be “intentional,” but too early to tell if it was international terrorism.
(h/t The Hill)
Law enforcement was responding to an explosion in Chelsea that occurred around 8:30 p.m., but the earliest reports did not specify a cause.
It was only hours later that NYPD ruled out a gas leak explosion and ruled that it was indeed a bomb.
ABC noted later Saturday night that roughly 29 people had been injured, but all injuries were minor. Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement that the explosion appeared to be “intentional,” but too early to tell if it was international terrorism.
This is not the first time Trump had jumped to conclusions without all the available evidence. For example, minutes after a truck drove into a crowd in Nice, France, Trump claimed several times on Fox News it was Islamic terrorism. While it indeed turned out to be an ISIS inspired attack, at the time Trump was working off of pure speculation but presenting it as fact.
In times of uncertainty we look toward our leaders for guidance. When a leader rushes to judgement without all of the available evidence, especially when it comes to our security, the consequences are fears get stoked.
Donald Trump may be using this incident to incite people’s anxiety and alarm, as he often does. This would be a deplorable tactic in an effort to win political points, because the only other explanation is that he is a terrible leader. There may be a real danger to people, or there may be no danger and Trump is muddling the response to any official investigation with a false rumor.