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On Monday in Berlin, a semi-truck driver went on a murder spree at a Christmas market. The driver drove right into the marketplace, crushing shoppers to death.
As a result, twelve people have died and an estimated 48 are injured, some of whom are still in serious condition.
The attack in Berlin is being investigated as an act of terrorism. The White House was quick to condemn the massacre as what “appears to be an act of terror.”
President Obama has presided over a term with heightened terrorist activity against the U.S. Let's take a look at what he said about July's Nice truck attack in France, which killed 84, via Whitehouse.gov:
On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded.
I have directed my team to be in touch with French officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.
On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.
Compare the president's somber tone to that of President-elect Trump's fierce reaction after the attack in Berlin on Monday, via Greatagain.gov:
“Our hearts and prayers are with the loved ones of the victims of today’s horrifying terror attack in Berlin. Innocent civilians were murdered in the streets as they prepared to celebrate the Christmas holiday.
ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad.
These terrorists and their regional and worldwide networks must be eradicated from the face of the earth, a mission we will carry out with all freedom-loving partners.”
The American people will have to decide if “thoughts and prayers” and consoling words are enough to fight terrorists, or if their deadly assaults require swift and decisive retaliatory response.