Originally posted on June 1, 2020
There have been any number of protests and riots following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Some of those have been in the area around the White House, where apparently Trump was spirited off to a bunker for his protection. Cadet bone-spurs shows his true colors again.
Most Presidents – and most decent humans – would try to do something to calm the situation down. Past Presidents might have given a nationwide speech appealing for calm. But Trump has so poisoned the country’s discourse that there would be nothing he could say that would be useful. But Trump could still tweet, and tweet he did. During May 29-30-31 he sent out, by my count, 18 tweets that concerned the protests. It should come as no surprise that, instead of calming things down, he used his tweets to ramp things up. Here they (mostly) are, in chronological order, along with my comments.
Above was the one that got the warning from Twitter about glorifying violence, along with a lot of criticism from a wide range of people.
He just can’t help himself. He has to criticize Democrats regardless of the situation.
In your bunker, Donald?
Shouldn’t Trump be trying to calm the situation, not ramp it up? Along with the necessary Democratic critique. Alas, this series of tweets bears little resemblance to the truth.
OK, I give. Who, exactly, is Antifa? Anti-facists, sure, but are they, like, a group? I’ve found no such group – just a loose movement. But consider two things. (1) Anyone Trump doesn’t like gets labelled a terrorist, along with all of the law-enforcement and military consequences. Can you see the problem with that? (2) The law regarding terrorist groups applies only on foreign soil. Trump can’t legally do this. So what was his purpose, other than stoking his base?