President Donald Trump responded to the suspected terrorist attack in New York City on Tuesday, calling the perpetrator a “very sick and deranged person” and referencing the Islamic State.
“In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely,” Trump tweeted. “NOT IN THE U.S.A.!”
Minutes later, Trump proclaimed, “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!”
The reference to ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism in the wake of the attack clearly set off the president’s critics. Former President Barack Obama was notably more reserved when discussing terrorism following an attack. His supporters, however, were quick to express their support for his blunt tone.
At least eight people were killed in New York City’s west side after a terrorist plowed through innocent riders on a bike path. The suspect, identified as Sayfullo Saipov, reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” — which means “God is great” in Arabic — and proceeded to wave around a pellet gun and paintball gun before he was shot and apprehended by police.
Saipov was taken to the hospital but was said to be in stable condition. It should be noted that ISIS has not taken credit for the NYC attack.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio confirmed shortly after the attack, “This was an act of terror.”