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Is Trump's silence on the Minnesota mosque bombing normal?

Critics say it shows Trump's "double standard" for terrorism.

Though the investigation into Saturday's Minnesota mosque explosion is still ongoing, some people are beginning to question why President Trump hasn't issued some kind of a statement about the bombing. 

The reason people are noticing? The president is famously vocal – especially on Twitter – about many issues, including terror attacks. 

In a Monday interview with BuzzFeed News, Asad Zaman, director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, said: "We are wondering why President Trump has not tweeted about (the mosque attack)," because "he seems to want to tweet about security and terror issues.”

Plenty of the president's fellow Twitter users are also noticing his silence:

Why is this controversial, exactly?

Critics point out that Trump is quick to address attacks where Muslims are the suspects, while an archive of the president's tweets shows few mentions of domestic terrorism where Muslims are not involved.

"Silence after attacks where Muslims are the victims is not uncharacteristic for the president," the Washington Post observed on Tuesday, adding that Trump has been "previously lambasted for a perceived double standard ... when denouncing terrorism. "

Here's one example of a typical terror-related Trump tweet, which came in late November (after the presidential election):

Trump also took heat for his silence following a wave of threats against Jewish community centers across the country (including a couple in Minnesota), but did eventually address the incidents during a speech in February

How big a deal is it?

First, there does seem to be some acknowledgement from the White House now, specifically from top Trump aide Sebastian Gorka. The tweet below shows how Gorka responded to a reporter's questions about the president's silence on Tuesday:

These comments are controversial in themselves, but the bottom line seems to be that the Trump Administration is withholding comment until the investigation is over. 

It's also important to keep in mind that the majority of attacks Trump does respond to, judging by his tweet archive (if you want to look for yourself, just punch in "terror"), seem to be the type where people are either killed, hurt, or both. 

Thankfully, no one was injured in the Minnesota mosque attack. 

One other thing to consider ...

Trump is not the only president to have been called out for this. 

As Vox notes, President Barack Obama "did not have a perfect record on addressing anti-Muslim violence," and was criticized for waiting "several days to speak out" on the 2015 killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina.

In fact, Vox says, President George W. Bush is "among the best examples" of a recent commander-in-chief who has responded to terror attacks "with immediacy and care to both the Muslim community and the greater population." 

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