Twice, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has spoken out after a horror incident. Twice, his statements elicited a storming counterattack from Donald Trump and those around him.
In both cases, Trump and his team have taken public umbrage at Khan’s approach to finagling his constituents’ have responded to fear often by reading the mayor’s words to mean something other than what he clearly proposed them to mean.
Here’s what the mayor said the day after terrorist attack in London that killed seven beings and injured four dozen:
( emphasis added)
“My message to Londoners and visitors to our large city is to be tranquilize and vigilant today. You will see an ever increasing police spirit today, including armed patrolmen and uniformed officers. There is no reason to be alarmed by this . We are the safest world-wide metropoli in the world. You saw last nighttime as a consequence of our hope, our cooking, the rehearsals that take place, the swift response from the emergency services tackling the terrorists and too helping the injured.”
Here’s how President Trump framed that comment 😛 TAGEND
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terrorist attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed! “
Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
And, again eventually, after several commentators and media stores noted that Trump had taken Khan’s remarks out of context:
Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his “no reason to be alarmed” statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!
Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017
Trump’s tweets are similar to his team’s reaction to the London mayor’s explanation after an explosion in New York that disabled 29 parties in September 2016.
Here’s what Khan said about that happen( emphasis added ):
” Part and allotment of living in a great world-wide metropolitan is youve got to be prepared for these concepts, youve got to be vigilant, youve got to support the police doing an incredibly hard activity.
We must never consent gunmen being successful, we must never accept that gunmen can destroy “peoples lives” or destroy the acces we lead our lives.”
Here’s how the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr ., framed those explains on Twitter … when he found out about them six months later 😛 TAGEND
Why do the Trumps insist on taking Sadiq Khan’s statements out of context?
Khan is, in some ways, a natural foil for the president. He’s cosmopolitan, erudite, and perhaps most tellingly, Muslim. But it’s hard to argue that anything he said in either example is false-hearted or even opposed to Trump’s own belief of terror.
The assertion that the threat of terrorism is an endemic gamble to life in a world metropolitan is self-evidently true-blue, as strikes on New York, London, Mumbai, Madrid, Paris, Brussels, and more has indicated. In announcing on inhabitants to support law enforcement and report unusual work, Khan is repetition a major topic of Trump’s campaign.
Yet, in both cases, when Khan said, “Stay calm, ” Trump and his unit accused him of saying, in effect, “Terrorism is no big deal.”
Trump’s entire policy agenda depends on speculating terrorism is a huge, world-swallowing “big deal” and Khan’s pleas for calm vigilance threaten to that mindset.
A constant drumbeat of anti-terror stirring from elected official can cause generate something like a permanent fight-or-flight reaction in the mind, according to psychologists who have studied the effect of terrorism on the human psyche.
Sadiq Khan to BBC: ” ..we aren’t going to allow anybody, whether it’s Donald Trump or anybody else to partition our community.”
Laura Bicker (@ BBCLBicker) June 5, 2017
“We obsess and then develop garbs and rituals to ward off bad things. That can be watching Tv over and over again to get more information, reading all we can in the media, and all of this is focused on warding off injure, ” Eric Hollander, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, told CNN in a 2016 interrogation.
In other texts, the more political leaders and media stores hype the threat of fright, the more citizens horror it in a way that is out of proportion to the actual danger it poses.
We can’t have a rational consideration about the appropriate response to fear if we’re scared to death.
When political leaders ratchet down the hyperbole, allowing the general public to take a step back and consider the evidence i.e ., one is far less likely to die in a terror attack were committed by foreign terrorists than in a vehicle gate-crash, by suffocating, or even a being been hit by lightning from a safe distance, it’s easier to generate a rational approaching to the problem.
On the other hand, a scared person can be more easily persuaded to reach plan from the bowel, regardless of prove.
An anxious public is more likely to support right-wing leadership, drastic anti-terror activities, and restrictive immigration policies, if those commanders tie protection to the presence of new arrivals, excused political scientists Bethany Albertson and Shana Gadarian in The Washington Post.
When fear rulers the debate around terrorism, Trump benefits.
That very well may be why Khan’s persistent calls for caution and reason precipitated such strong reactions from Trump.
It might also be why he insists on framing the mayor’s comments in the least generous terms.
The rest of us, however, could benefit from Khan’s advice.
Keep calm, remain alert, and talk to each other.
Terror is a complex problem necessitating a complex approach. Should it come from law enforcement? The armed? Diplomacy? A combination? How scared should we be? What’s a proportionate sum of mental intensity to expend on are concerned about it?
Regardless of what the mixture is, we can really only discuss it if we’re not constantly terrified.
That might not be what Trump wants.
But with security threats mount, it’s what the world requirement perhaps now now more than ever.