Obama Ignores Bombing, Talks Politics During NYC Visit
“… I say ‘stupid.'”
As New York City faced its greatest terrorism threat since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Barack Obama talked politics.
Obama, who arrived in New York City on Sunday as part of a visit to attend the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, made no mention of Saturday night’s terrorist attack when he attended an exclusive fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
On Saturday night, a pipe bomb exploded in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, leaving 29 people injured. Saturday night’s attack, which would have been worse in a shrapnel-filled pressure cooker found four blacks away had exploded, was among three bombing attempts in the New York City – New Jersey areas over the weekend. A blast Saturday in Seaside Park, N.J. injured no one. A bomb planted in Elizabeth, N.J., was found Sunday night before it could explode.
During his comments, Obama called November presidential race “the most important election of our time” and blamed structural divisions in America’s “polarized society” for Clinton losing her lead over Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump,
” … if all you’re doing is watching Fox News and listening to Rush Limbaugh and reading some of the blogs that are churning out a lot of misinformation on a regular basis, then it’s very hard for you to think that you’re going to vote for somebody who you’ve been told is taking the country in the wrong direction,” he said. “And so, structurally, we already have these divisions and it’s going to be hard to overcome those.”
Obama attended another fundraiser Monday, and as of Monday morning had still not commented about the bombings.
Obama’s reaction contrasted with that of Trump, who on Saturday, before officials had even announced the cause of the blast, warned an audience in Colorado it was a sign of the battle America is facing.
“I must tell you that just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York. And nobody knows exactly what’s going on. But boy, we are living in a time — we better get very tough, folks. We better get very, very tough,” Trump said in Colorado Springs, Colo.
On both Sunday and Monday, Trump tweeted
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