Assistant to the President and Director of Social Media for the President Dan Scavino Jr. has long maintained a bizarre Twitter feed full of strange volatility, and the Sunday following the London Bridge terror attack was no different.
Taking his lead from his boss himself, Scavino tried to pick a fight with the Mayor of London on Twitter this Sunday, following what appears to be the consensus agreement among Trump and his staffers that Khan’s opposition to Muslim targeting responses to terrorism is somehow at fault for the Saturday incident.
The chain of tweets that is the backdrop for this latest statement from Scavino starts last year, when Khan — who is London’s first Muslim mayor — tweeted: “Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe. It risks alienating mainstream Muslims. London has proved him wrong.”
At the time, Scavino responded to Khan by writing, “[I]t’s called not being “politically correct.”
@realDonaldTrump will MAKE AMERICA SAFE & GREAT AGAIN!”
It’s this reply that Scavino dug up, adding to it by writing, “.
@MayorofLondon- refer to below tweet 13 months ago, after you criticized … now President @realDonaldTrump — and WAKE UP!!!!”
Some have suggested that Scavino only tweets these kinds of belligerent messages at the direct urging of his boss.
Trump also attacked the London Mayor on Twitter following Saturday’s incident, taking a quote from Khan out of context and writing, ‘At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!”‘
No matter how many angry tweets the Trump team wants to post, Khan is correct. Hate and fear fueled responses to terrorism, such as the President’s proposed Muslim targeting travel ban, do nothing but play right into the terrorists’ hands.