President Trump somehow pictured it was an excellent concept to release law enforcement on peaceful demonstrators prior to the 7 p.m. curfew Monday night as he stepped into the Rose Garden to give a knockoff version of Richard M. Nixon’s “order” message.
The president who called NFL protesters in harmony taking a knee “sons of bitches,” lied when he stated that he is a friend of serene demonstrators. The police firing rubber bullets and launching tear gas at protesters in Lafayette Square in front of the White House stated otherwise. Then, as if the scene was not proof enough of his desire to raise the level of violence, he promised to deploy the U.S. military on U.S. soil, against U.S. civilians, if governors did not observe his incendiary guidance to fill the streets with National Guard troops. It was later on exposed that Trump prompted the attack on protesters particularly to make a gesture of strolling to St. John’s church.
Nothing could be more representative of the hazardous narcissism of a president in over his head, turning to risks of violence versus a nation he seemingly is supposed to lead. The purposeful instigation of violence for his own media event informs Americans how deeply twisted and deformed his character is.
His stunt was designed to play to the most rabid white evangelicals, who inexplicably have actually always seen themselves— not African Americans– as the true victims. The invocation of a religious organization to justify an assault on serene protesters was as excellent an abuse of religious signs as anything Trump has done. Definitely, he never heard of the “ Blessed are the peacemakers” passage from the Christian bible. He worships not peacemakers but instruments of brute force.
Additionally, any effort to utilize the military against civilians in this style would almost definitely be unlawful and unconstitutional. Even under the Insurrection Act, federal troops would have to be invited into the states to suppress a real disobedience. For Trump, the hazard of force, however impractical, is his go-to move when his manliness is brought into question– as it was when he left to the bunker at the White House over the weekend.
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If anybody in America had any doubt as to his intentions– to foment violence, to increase racial animosity, to glorify himself at the expense of the nationwide good– Tuesday’s events ought to silence them. Democrats and any Republicans with a degree of decency ought to knock the stunt, call for a complete review of the occurrence and carry out congressional oversight. We hope a strong bipartisan assembly of chosen authorities signs up with the protesters at the White House, which one or more civil rights groups will file fit for use of excessive force and deprivation of the peaceful protesters’ rights of assembly and free speech. You are either for Trump or for democracy at this moment.
It does not take much imagination to conclude Trump is attempting to intensify violence around the country so he can release the armed force. This is the conduct of a tin-pot dictator– somebody resorting to violent suppression of our most closely valued rights.
More than ever, we must all acknowledge that, as previous vice president Joe Biden put it, this is an election about the soul of our nation and the survival of serene self-governance.
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