A chip

Donnie Junior must make Daddy proud.

It has become something of an online custom in the social media age to react to tragic news stories — like Wednesday’s attack in London — with well-meaning if sometimes rote messages like “thoughts and prayers.” But that does not appear to be Donald Trump Jr.’s style.

“You have to be kidding me?!” Mr. Trump said Wednesday afternoon on Twitter, as details of the episode — which left at least five dead, including the assailant, and 40 injured — continued to unfold. The message continued, “Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan.”

Mr. Trump, the oldest son of President Trump, was calling attention to an article from September in The Independent, a British newspaper, that described Mr. Khan’s reaction to a bombing then in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.

Which, oddly enough, was not a flip “oh well that’s life in the big city!” but rather an explanation of what kind of preparedness is necessary for a big city likely to face terrorist attacks.

Mr. Trump mischaracterized the London mayor’s remarks. Mr. Khan did not describe terrorism as “part of living in a big city,” as if bombings and shootings were an inescapable fact of life. He said that terrorism preparedness, including providing sufficient support to the police, was “part and parcel of living in a great global city.”

So young Donnie maligned the mayor of London because he didn’t bother to figure out what he’d said. Was it something about his name perhaps? “Sadiq Khan” struck him as a name that a London mayor shouldn’t have?

The Times reporter, Liam Stack, apparently emailed young Donnie to ask him why he’s such an asshole.

Mr. Trump declined to elaborate later on Wednesday. “I’m not going to comment on every tweet I send,” he said in an email.

Attaboy young Donnie. Send out insulting tweets based on your own incomprehension and ignorance, and then refuse to withdraw or apologize. Just like Daddy.

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