Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may be choosing not to comment on the upcoming U.S. presidential election, but NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has never been shy regarding his feelings about one of the candidates. He has called out Donald Trump numerous times on Twitter throughout his presidency. He has criticized the president on matters from tariffs to outright racism.
With the prospect of a potential new president-elect being named this week (or four more years for the incumbent), it's interesting to see how one of Canada's own federal leaders has spoken up on issues that affect Canadians as well as Americans.
On 'Stop & Frisk'
.@realDonaldTrump lack of evidence in support of the racially discriminatory practice of stop & frisk parallels the carding discussion in TO— Jagmeet Singh (@Jagmeet Singh) 1475009502.0
One of Singh's earliest callouts of Trump came before he was even elected president.
Following Events In Charlottesville
Hateful, racist & violent acts in #charlottesville & elsewhere need to be called out & named by political leaders. Trump needed to name it.— Jagmeet Singh (@Jagmeet Singh) 1502588587.0
Trump's reaction to the Unite The Right Rally in 2017, when he said there were, "very fine people on both sides," garnered a strong, multi-tweet reaction from the NDP leader.
He expressed that Trump needed to clearly condemn the white nationalists present at the event.
Trump is taking a side. The wrong side. A very dangerous side that encourages the rise of hateful forces that threaten us all.— Jagmeet Singh (@Jagmeet Singh) 1502588626.0
Singh had even more to say on the subject, and plainly stated that Trump had taken "the wrong side" in the matter.
Calls For Unity
We have a collective responsibility to denounce President Trump's attempt to sow division and inflame hatred The h… https://t.co/U5J9layCTt— Jagmeet Singh (@Jagmeet Singh) 1512053981.0
A little over three months later, Singh would again turn his attention toward Trump's rhetoric, insisting that the president was actively working to divide people, rather than bring them together.
Standing Up Against Tariffs
I spoke with Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau earlier today and I was clear that I agree Canada must stand up to Trump… https://t.co/ch5DAVnznG— Jagmeet Singh (@Jagmeet Singh) 1527801672.0
The tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum became a sticking point for leaders in both countries.
Condemning Comments About Democratic Congresswomen
This is a sad & ugly display of racism by a President that shows no interest in, or ability to unite people. I stan… https://t.co/BCpBwihT85— Jagmeet Singh (@Jagmeet Singh) 1563141763.0
After Trump tweeted a message suggesting that four Democratic congresswomen of colour should "go back" to the countries they came from, Singh tweeted his own disapproval of the comments and support for the congresswomen (who are all U.S. citizens).
Trusting The Scientists
Donald Trump's behaviour is reckless and dangerous. Trust scientists. Covid-19 is a big deal. Wear a mask and help save lives.— Jagmeet Singh (@Jagmeet Singh) 1602014498.0
Singh's most recent tweet calling out the president takes a swing at Trump's handling of the coronavirus in the United States.
Singh takes the opposite stance of the president in each line, reminding people to trust the experts, know that the pandemic is serious, and to wear masks.