President Donald Trump spoke to a group of law enforcement officials Wednesday. In defense of his immigration ban, Trump told the assembled crowd, “I was a good student. I understand things. I comprehend very well, OK? Better than, I think, almost anybody.”
The tone of his remarks is in keeping with growing egotistical persona. Despite his confidence in his ability to understand things, others are more skeptical. One such person took apart the President’s understanding of a recent terror attack in France. Her response highlights what many see as a new obligation: double checking the assertions of our President.
This episode began Friday, when a man armed with machetes attacked French military troops outside of the Carrousel du Louvre. The man seriously injured one solider. The attacker was taken into custody after being shot multiple times in the stomach.
The attack was characterized by the French police as an “attempted aggravated murders in connection with a terrorist enterprise.”
Trump, perhaps hoping that the attack in Paris might bolster his call for stronger immigration policies, tweeted about the attack.
That’s when a Facebook user analyzed Trump’s understanding of events. Egie Wild writes:
Dear Mr Trump,
Thank you for your concern.
A man has indeed attacked a soldier with two machetes this morning in Paris. It wasn’t in the Louvre Museum, it was in the Carrousel du Louvre, which is a mall. (Less symbolic than what you’re implying.) He didn’t attack any tourist (or french people -apart from the soldier- either, by the way, thank you again for your concern) and he was instantly attacked back by another soldier, and wounded.
The crowd has been kept inside after that by order of the army for security reasons, but not for any kind of hostage situation. (Your tweet is -voluntarily?- ambiguous) France is not on edge again, at all. I learnt about the attack 10 hours after it happened (even though it was in the media earlier), and I spent 1h30 in another mall in Paris at lunch today without any kind of military reinforcement (I mean, just the usual since Charlie Hebdo or nov 2015 attacks).
Oh and by the way, the man is from Egypt, you know, the country you didn’t ban from entering the US (because of your personnal affairs?)
Again, thank you for your concern, but don’t use France as an excuse for your arseholery. You’re the one encouraging fear with your distortion of truth.
PS : GET SMART U.S. : Don’t believe anything that he says without checking facts first.
Wild received thousands of comments on her post, praising her humor and deriding Trump.
“I saw the tweet and then I read the French press. And I realized that it was not in the Louvre, but in the Carrousel, and that he was an Egyptian immigrant, so I wanted to say something,” Wild told Buzzfeed said. “I have found that this tweet is exaggerated, that’s why I wanted to correct it.”
“I listed it as public because I have American friends who are opposed to Trump… but I did not think that I’d have 200 likes and go beyond the second circle of my friends,” she said.