Gerlado Rivera was on the scene of the terrorist bombing in New York City on Sunday when he coined a new phrase to describe the attack that injured 29 people.
The Fox News personality described the bomb that was detonated Saturday night in the Chelsea section of Manhattan correctly as a “rudimentary device,” but used an unfortunate choice of words after that.
“I can’t for the life of me think why they would choose this place as the target. There’s absolutely no strategic value,” he said. “It’s almost like terror vandalism.”
Steve Rogers, a former officer with the FBI joint terrorism task force, explained that the bombing could be used as “probing the response time, number of first responders (and) where to place ieds” before a possible bigger attack.
“To go out there and say it’s terror vandalism, you really don’t want to be saying that either,” former NYPD commander Joe Cardinale said, adding that the bomber might feel that Geraldo is “challenging (him) to put a better device out there.”
While Rivera is correct in many ways that the attack appreared to lack a strategy, social media users took issue with what they saw as his sanitization of terrorism.
WTF is #TerrorVandalism? Some progressive democrat excuse for jihad?
— ScottInSC (@ScottInSC) September 18, 2016
@JoshNoneYaBiz ok, now we know it’s just #TerrorVandalism, nothing to see here, move along folks. ?
— Deplorable K’Lynn (@policeareheros2) September 18, 2016
#TerrorVandalism-ARE THEY FUCKING SERIOUS??!!?Vandalism doesn’t imbed shrapnel in human flesh and make people bleed-STOP THIS BULLSHIT!
— Deplorable Cynthia (@junkmistress) September 18, 2016
Geraldo: Shrapnel, massive explosion, bomb, 29 people injured is not real terrorism, it’s —-> #TerrorVandalism
— The Morning Spew (@TheMorningSpew) September 18, 2016
An ancient Somalian word meaning “Thanks Obama”
— Deplorable Breeze (@HydroTech12) September 18, 2016
First it was #Terror. Now it’s #TerrorVandalism. Next it will be #TerrorVandalismOops. Liberals & their PC are destroying America.
— Deplorable Jim (@SaveUSA1776) September 18, 2016
#Cuomo just called them BOMBS. #ChelseaNYC #NYCExplosion #TerrorVandalism Dems can stop pretending this didn’t happen. #Trump keepin it real
— Debra #AmericaFirst (@ALilJaded4u2) September 18, 2016
Stand back folks. This going to be ugly! pic.twitter.com/7TUXAZUgow
— Beansiesdaddy (@Beansiesdaddy) September 18, 2016
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