This weekend was filled with tragedy in America with mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
These two mass murders fell on the heels of another shooting in northern California.
The country is currently grappling with the fallout of the tragedies, but many feel as though the president is not reacting strongly enough.
After the horrific Pulse Orlando shooting in 2016, Trump attacked President Obama on Twitter for not calling the tragedy "radical Islamic terrorism".
Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn't he should immediately resign in disgrace!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1465754280.0
However, fast forward to 2019, and President Trump, himself, failed to use the word "terrorism" when he tweeted about the murders in El Paso and Dayton.
Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with every… https://t.co/5FHgnbcuDf— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1564892341.0
....Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1564892341.0
The FBI, local and state law enforcement are working together in El Paso and in Dayton, Ohio. Information is rapidl… https://t.co/2e55C7Amlo— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1564920814.0
God bless the people of El Paso, Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1564947495.0
Today, I authorized the lowering of the flags to half-staff at all Federal Government buildings in honor of the vic… https://t.co/IgDFEyGquV— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1564948182.0
....The flags at the White House will be lowered today through Thursday, August 8. Melania and I are praying for al… https://t.co/3LtJlWada4— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1564948182.0
We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain. Likewise for those so seriously wounde… https://t.co/ISrVfymkUJ— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1565002489.0
....this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come ou… https://t.co/RgrBOhEU9F— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1565002489.0
Why is a mass murder at the hands of an Islamist considered terrorism to Trump, but murders at the hand of white nationalist Patrick Crusius are not?
Crusius left a four-page manifesto just before he committed the shooting, and the document is filled with hate speech, some of which echoes Trump's own ideas.
Trump's inconsistency did not make it past singer and Fenty creator Rihanna.
Rihanna began her rant against Trump saying,
"Um... Donald, you spelt "terrorism" wrong!"
She went on to cite the shooting in California earlier in the week, and she called out the fact that assault rifles are,
"easier to get... than a VISA!"
As I just said at the press conference, we’re treating El Paso as a domestic terrorism case. And we’re going to… https://t.co/0q2WrrqgVi— US Attorney John Bash (@US Attorney John Bash)1564936386.0
So, why can't Trump call terrorism by white nationalists what it really is? America wants to know.
Trump can speak out against: * The Squad * CNN * Elijah Cummins * Don Lemon * Bette Midler * Mueller * Schiff * Pa… https://t.co/u232cLrGF1— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@Ana Navarro-Cárdenas)1564987423.0
@realDonaldTrump When will President Trump issue the words RADICAL WHITE SUPREMACISTS TERRORISM? He can’t say it, a… https://t.co/NZMBL6Tb7o— 👑✡️Sasha Goldman✡️👑 (@👑✡️Sasha Goldman✡️👑)1565005189.0
Is President Trump going to finally mention the words white supremacist terrorism? If he doesn’t he should immediat… https://t.co/KpXqrku186— Ryan Knight 🗽 (@Ryan Knight 🗽)1564953243.0
People are applauding Rihanna for calling it like it really is and putting the president on blast.
@PopCrave riri ended that rat. she's coming.— ً (@ً)1564940943.0
@PopCrave https://t.co/fBlaouavCq— My Name Is James (@My Name Is James)1564940943.0
@ThePopHub Rihanna said what needed to be said,— notsookieee (@notsookieee)1564942447.0
The way Rihanna called out Trump https://t.co/Vr7g1e5VNy— ℝ𝕀ℙ 𝔽ℝ𝔼𝔻𝕆 ℝ𝕀ℙ 𝕄𝔸ℂ 🇲🇽 (@ℝ𝕀ℙ 𝔽ℝ𝔼𝔻𝕆 ℝ𝕀ℙ 𝕄𝔸ℂ 🇲🇽)1564945379.0
Way to go, Rihanna! Now, let's put those thoughts and prayers into action, Mr. President.
The book Hateland: A Long, Hard Look at America's Extremist Heart is available here to learn more about the White nationalist movement.