Haters had been feasting on a recent tweet made by presidential candidate Donald Trump. At first glance, the tweet might be mistaken as a gaffe wherein he thinks Paris is in Germany. But then again, he might actually be criticizing Germany’s open door policy to the influx of migrants coming from war-torn countries.
Trump, the Republican presidential hopeful, had always been the subject of scrutiny. Many people had been criticizing him, saying that he is more of a nuisance candidate and that nobody should take him seriously.
On Jan. 7, Trump tweeted: “Man shot inside Paris police station. Just announced that terror threat is at highest level. Germany is a total mess-big crime. GET SMART!” An onslaught of memes and tweets that made fun of him ensued afterwards. Most of his followers thought he is geographically-challenged, some were even bold enough to call him stupid.
Trump has yet to clarify what the tweet actually meant. His supporters however and those some who understood the subtext of his tweet came forward and explained.
Trump was actually referring to two separate tragedies, Scott Reid pointed out. One was when police shot a man in Paris in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack anniversary. The other was the Cologne sex attacks. But the whole point of his tweet was actually a condemnation of Germany’s welcoming of migrants – a move replicated by UK and other countries in Europe as requested by German chancellor Angela Merkel. This was the one similar explanation being tweeted by Trump’s supporters. In short, the tweet was still one of Trump’s anti-migrants stance that are equally being condemned by the majority of Americans . (For those who want to jump in the whole debate, the thread can be found here.) On Jan. 6, Trump tweeted: “Germany is going through massive attacks to its people by the migrants allowed to enter the country. New Year’s Eve was a disaster. THINK!”