As has been reported, the iconic and legendary athlete died Friday night due to reported septic shock, and the loss has captured the attention of the media and celebrities who are mourning all over social media and other spaces. That means it caught the attention of Trump shortly after it happened, which resulted in this tweet.
“Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!” – Donald Trump
Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2016
Trump’s remembrance of Ali wouldn’t have been such a bad thing, except it brings to mind all the incendiary things Trump has said about Muslims of which Ali was first and foremost. On top of that Ali raked Trump across the coals for his repeated negative comments about Islam. But the bottom line is that Trump’s tribute is especially hollow given that it was only a few months ago that Trump sent out quite the dismissive tweet about Muslim sports figures in America:
“Obama said in his speech that Muslims are our sports heroes. What sport is he talking about, and who? Is Obama profiling?” – Donald Trump
Obama said in his speech that Muslims are our sports heroes. What sport is he talking about, and who? Is Obama profiling?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015
Even back then (Dec. 2015) Trump received a lot of criticism for that tweet, and now, many Twitter users decided to burn him for jumping on the bandwagon of the world’s mourning:
“Not today, Satan.” – Imraan Siddiqi
“@realDonaldTrump you said this in December” – andrew kaczynski
“Nice exclamation point on that first sentence.” – Chris Sacca
“He was a Muslim, Donald.” – Declan Cashin
“Hell to the naw! Trump derided @POTUS for praising Muslim sports heroes, and NOW praises Ali? Nah, son.” – rolandsmartin
“I like when white males who supported George W. Bush, Gingrich, Limbaugh, Romney & Trump say Muhammad Ali was a draft dodger.” – John Fugelsang
“Donald Trump. There’s a village somewhere missing its idiot.” – S J Watson