An attempted military coup that took place in Turkey on Friday night has left more than 250 people dead and more than 1,400 people wounded — not something most people would consider a laughing matter. The coup effort, which has reportedly failed, was an attempt by a small and largely unorganized number of military officials to overthrow the government of President Tayyip Erdogan, who was vacationing on the coast at the time and flew back to Istanbul when news of unrest hit.
As tanks rolled down the streets of both Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey's largest cities, and citizens were called upon to leave their homes and hit the streets to defend their country from coup plotters, signs of xenophobia were rampant on Twitter, where scores of people attempted to make light of one of the most significant events to occur in Turkey in recent history. As a bridge between the West and the East and a country that hosted 2.5 million Syrian refugees in 2015, Turkey and the coup attempt affect the entire world, whether the rest of us realize it or not. And many folks on Twitter made it perfectly clear that they don't realize.
Predictably, the words "turkey coop" blew up on Twitter, along with posts like these:
What's this I've been hearing about a Turkey coop?? pic.twitter.com/iBvh4bhVXo— Lumper Proletarian (@bigmonsterlove) July 15, 2016
How did an entire military fit in a turkey coop?— Bobby (@SullivanBobby) July 15, 2016
Sure, you could argue that horrific events require a little bit of lightness to take the edge off, but it's time to get down to business and outline why we should care about what's happening in Turkey right now.
Crooked Hillary Clinton is bought and paid for by Wall Street, lobbyists and special interests. She will sell our country down the tubes!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2016
The reason this is important? One of the biggest complaints about Trump is that he lacks experience in foreign affairs, while Clinton is criticized for the way she handled foreign affairs like Benghazi while Secretary of State. Both of their responses when something this big occurs matter greatly in an election year.
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