Compare Biden’s statement on the Rushdie attack to his statement on the death of terror collaborator Jamal Khashoggi.
“Two years ago, Saudi operatives, reportedly acting at the direction of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, murdered and dismembered Saudi dissident, journalist, and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi. His offense — for which he paid with his life — was criticizing the policies of his government”.
Here’s Biden’s statement on the recent Islamic terror attack on Salman Rushdie. See if you can spot what’s missing.
“Jill and I were shocked and saddened to learn of the vicious attack on Salman Rushdie yesterday in New York. We, together with all Americans and people around the world, are praying for his health and recovery. I am grateful to the first responders and the brave individuals who jumped into action to render aid to Rushdie and subdue the attacker.
Salman Rushdie—with his insight into humanity, with his unmatched sense for story, with his refusal to be intimidated or silenced—stands for essential, universal ideals. Truth. Courage. Resilience. The ability to share ideas without fear. These are the building blocks of any free and open society. And today, we reaffirm our commitment to those deeply American values in solidarity with Rushdie and all those who stand for freedom of expression.”
There’s a good deal of praise for Rushdie, but no condemnation of the attack and its backers in Iran. It would be awkward for Biden to condemn the regime he’s collaborating with on a deal to legitimize its nuclear weapons program.
And this is how you can tell what a statement is covering up about the author. Don’t just look at what’s there, but look at what’s missing.