Sadiq Khan, Controversial London Mayor, has chosen to use a page from failed GOP presidential hopeful and previous Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s playbook by announcing a poorly introduced Hurricane Dorian-related joke on President Donald Trump. Chatting with members of the media in Poland, Sunday, where he’d traveled to honor the 80th anniversary of the origin of World War II, Khan mocked President Trump for not attending the event as had been initially planned.
“He’s clearly busy dealing with a hurricane out on the golf course,” he said dismissively of the president’s rescheduled trip to Poland. Though Khan made a comment dismissively, he was not wrong. Trump did spend the whole weekend “dealing with a hurricane” while simultaneously trying to enjoy his Labor Day weekend. The New York Times has verified, “Over the long weekend, President Trump observed Hurricane Dorian from at his club in Virginia in a golf cart calling for regular updates from an aide trailing him around the course.”
“By Monday at 8 p.m., as Dorian stirred toward Florida and Mr. Trump’s boarded-up Mar-a-Lago resort, President Trump had golfed twice and since Saturday morning hit the American public with 122 tweets. “As he has done during past hurricanes, Mr.Trump anticipated landfall by assuming the role of a meteorologist in chief.”
PBS notes it’s not understood what else Khan expects the president to do. It’s not as if the president can travel to hit areas yet. Even in the Bahamas, the aid efforts have been stalled because of the ferocity of the storm. “Hurricane Dorian is the most powerful storm on record to hit the Bahamas, and it has been lingering for days. Because of the storm’s extended span, many requests for help have as yet gone unanswered, and executives aren’t able to assess the magnitude of the damage in some areas.”
As the morning of Tuesday, the commander-in-chief was still performing like the “meteorologist in chief” by retweeting critical updates from the National Hurricane Center. Conversely, Khan, whose city has been in the midst of multiple epidemics, was proceeding to kvetch publicly about Boris Johnson, U.K. Prime Minister’s plan to ultimately abide by the Britsh people’s wishes and pull the country out of the European Union:
What the mayor never shows to tweet much about is his own town, which is hurting from acid attack epidemics, an epidemic of murders, and an epidemic of stabbings. “Ilford stabbings: Two men fighting for life after triple knife attack in east London,” an Evening Standard title from two days ago records. “Tottenham stabbing: Teenager fighting for life after daylight knife attack in north London,” another headline from the Standard, except this one from four days ago, likewise states. “Stab victim ‘begged to see his wife’ before dying from a knife attack in London,” the third headline from last week, this one from Sky News, likewise reads.
Even Paul McCartney, Beatles co-lead vocalist, and bassist has been affected. Last week with the Times in an interview, he announced that one of his grandchildren was recently attacked and mugged at knifepoint in London. McCartney said, “In London, one of my grandchildren, one of my older children, was mugged and got his phone stolen. He was saying the worst thing, that he should have just thumped the guy; he came back and felt a coward,” I said, ‘No, no, no! The guy had a knife, and you don’t know, the guy may have been able to use that knife.’ So it is scary these days.” Scary these days in London, indeed.
Meanwhile, the city has been named the ‘acid attack hotspot’ of the western world, Khan all the while remains active attacking Johnson and Trump, both of whom he’s reportedly likened to Nazis. In blistering responses posted on Twitter on Tuesday morning, the president made sure to stress some of these dilemmas to the mayor. “Sadique Kahn, The incompetent Mayor of London, was bothered that I played a very quick round of golf yesterday,” he noted. “Many Pols travel for weeks or exercise for hours. Me, I run through one of my courses (very inexpensive), as where President Obama would fly to Hawaii.”
“Kahn should focus on the ‘knife crime,’ which is completely out of control in London. People are afraid even to walk the streets. He is a lousy mayor who should stay out of our business!”
Others mimicked this sentiment: