(CNN)President Donald Trump says the killers behind the suicide bombing in Manchester are “evil losers.”
“I won’t call them monsters, because they would like that term, they would think that is a great name,” he said. “I will call them, from now on, losers because that’s what they are: losers.”
In the aftermath of Monday’s major British terror attack that left 22 dead — mostly kids — and many more wounded, the world has the right to expect that the leader of the most powerful nation on earth would reflect on this unspeakable massacre with eloquence.
Instead, the President called the killer an “evil loser,” evoking the shallow and empty ring of hastily crafted campaign slogans.
The words echoed the feel of Mr. Trump’s name-calling campaign rhetoric, such as “Lyin’ Ted,” “Crooked Hillary,” and “Little Marco Rubio.” The adolescent insult was trivial and inappropriate in a description of the horrific slaughter of so many.Click here for VIDEO
During his presidential campaign, Trump used the word “loser” on Twitter more than a dozen times to describe Gov. Jeb Bush, reporters, The Club for Growth, S.E. Cupp, Graydon Carter, Sen. Ted Cruz, debate panelists, Cheri Jacobus, Bill Kristol, The New York Daily News, Karl Rove, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Politico, among others.
The word “loser” in these descriptions was sometimes preceded by adjectives like “total,” “major,” “big,” and “totally biased.” Please note that this is a highly incomplete list, omitting similarly insulting “loser” descriptions of opponents in Trump’s stump speeches, debates and other campaign appearances.
The brutal and deranged Manchester killer (or killers) deserve a presidential description that evokes something other than this cheap campaign rhetoric. Mr. Trump might do well to read the history of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who once described the German Army as “…once again having proved the truth of the saying, ‘The Hun is always either at your throat or your feet…'”