Political pundits in Russia are declaring that the nationwide protests on racial killings and police brutality are to Donald Trump’s benefit politically. They have advised him to “wait it out” and exploit the situation to his advantage. You can’t blame them for their attitude. We were stupid enough to elect Trump once, they’re banking on us being gullible enough to be manipulated into it again, while they sit over there and point and laugh at us. Daily Beast: Instead of siding with the protesters, Russian state media focused on the benefits Trump may be able to reap once he is able to crush the uprising. Political scientist Vladimir Kornilov suggested, “It would be better for Trump to wait it out—just not too long—to terrorize a significant part of the society; 83 percent of the Minnesotans are white, a great majority. That’s why he should wait it out, to create fear and terror. And then he can ride in on a white horse as someone who will restore order. That will be very important for him right now, especially in light of the economic difficulties.” […] The view from Moscow is curiously similar to the opinions reportedly held by Trump’s advisers, who believe that the impression he’s restoring law-and-order will help him to turn the unrest to his advantage—particularly with the seniors, whose support has diminished in light of the president’s poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic. This is the gambit that both the Russians and Trump’s allies are hoping that he will play, the theory being that if suburbanites are terrified that the unrest will reach out their way, and if Trump manages to quash it, then he will be seen as their savior and vote for him. It’s hard to imagine that anybody who has lived in this country the past three and a half years is stupid enough to believe that Donald Trump can fix anything, but this is a prevailing political “theory,” if you will. My own theory is that people are so disgusted of living this way, with a vacuum in top leadership, that they will vote Trump and the Republican senate the hell out of Dodge. But I always acknowledge that I could be wrong. But while we ponder these matters, the Russians are sitting around with a vodka gleefully wonderfuling just how bad it’s all going to get. What we’re seeing in America now is what the Kremlin has wanted for a long time. Back in 2018, appearing on Russia’s state TV show The Evening with Vladimir Soloviev, deputy dean of world politics at Moscow’s State University, Andrey Sidorov, complained: “Unfortunately, Trump didn’t reach the level of Abraham Lincoln and didn’t drive the U.S. to civil war. That’s sad. Hopefully, he’ll become Herbert Hoover and at least drive them into a Great Depression.” In 2020, the Kremlin’s wish list is on the verge of being fulfilled, as the perfect storm of the coronavirus pandemic, economic turmoil and civil unrest has been unleashed upon the United States. But it’s not only the Kremlin that’s rejoicing. Pandemonium unfolding in the United States hit the sweet spot at the intersection of Russia’s and China’s anti-American propaganda, cross-pollinating for maximum exposure. During the broadcast of Russia’s 60 Minutes, host Evgeny Popov repeatedly showcased an offensive image posted by People’s Daily (Zhenmin Zhibao, an official newspaper of the Central Committee […]
This is scary. Trump mocks someone in custody saying, “I can’t breathe.” I hope everybody in America gets a chance to see this. Trump has always given permission to the baser elements of our society to act out. It’s not surprising that we’re seeing the spike of hate crimes and racial murders that we’ve seen. #TrumpIncitesViolence pic.twitter.com/gXmT85M2oe — ✿♥ ƗŞŁΔŇĐ 🏝 ǤƗŘŁ ♥✿ (@IslandGirlPRV) June 1, 2020
The White House lights being turned off is an apt metaphor for the way that Trump is running the government, generally. He simply lacks a clue about what is proper or how a real president would handle the situation. So he relies on instinct, his oft-touted instinct, I might add, with the result that he makes himself look like an even bigger fool. Beyond that, he exposes himself as the small, cowardly person that he is. For the first time since 1889, the lights of the White House were turned off, The President Donald Trump takes refuge in the bunker, and fires are started in the surroundings. Explosions, protests and injuries reported in Washington, D.C.#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/I6m9khHvlv — ven (@hiddlesgold) June 1, 2020 Lights out at #WhiteHouse is a powerful symbol. Total lack of leadership from @realDonaldTrump #BunkerTrump pic.twitter.com/pJTUYA3trT — Steve Belovarich (@iplayitofflegit) June 1, 2020 This is what fascism is. The final respite for insecure, sad, pathetic men. Trump is a coward and a tiny, little man. He has created a cruel character, a bully persona, to hide this. But he’s a fraud. A paper tiger. Trump is so small and so insignificant. — Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) June 1, 2020 We’ve been lied to. Fascism isn’t about strength, it’s about weakness. Fascism isn’t about ideals, it’s about personal protection. These bullies are pathetic. These warmongers are pitiable. It’s their weakness that defines them. Period. — Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) June 1, 2020 Lights off?Nobody home? It's probably what they do on Hallowe'en. What are they thinking…they're a bomb target? Or that the protestors are so stupid they can't find the White House in the dark?!? 😂 — 🤺Sonia F. Khan, MD, FAAP💉 (@sapienist) June 1, 2020 I have never seen this in my entire life. I lived in DC and worked at a restaurant two blocks from here and rode my bike by the White House every night at around 2am. The lights were always on. This absolutely sums up this administration. Nobody’s home. https://t.co/Uk2rhxE1Wj pic.twitter.com/ACjZtaaRPR — Duff Goldman (@duffgoldman) June 1, 2020 Trump allowing the White House lights to be dimmed and his evacuation to the PEOC are acts of cowardice. He quakes and melts under pressure. He is falling apart. He is weak and derelict in his duty. https://t.co/e2bCk89Y0n — Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 1, 2020 Either #BunkerBoy is getting cell service now, or he’s slithered out of the basement. Either way, he’s tweeting conspiracy theories again. He’s not just a pitiful President, he’s a pathetic man. — Ken Olin (@kenolin1) June 1, 2020 Once more Trump displays he didn’t learn many of the lessons that most of us learned in chlldhood, i.e; pretending a problem doesn’t exist, doesn’t make it go away.
The new Lincoln Project ad depicts the Confederate flag and makes the connection how the people who are all-in for Donald Trump display that flag. Hardly a coincidence. It will be interesting to see if Trump breaks out of silent running mode to comment on this. It was said when Trump was elected that we were now in the last battle of the Civil War. It would seem that that was a prophetic statement. The ad will air in Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan and Washington, D.C. The Lincoln Project has spent $500,000 on it, according to Politico.
As the National Guard and local law enforcement attempt to enforce the 11:00 p.m. curfew mandated by the Mayor of Washington D.C., the Secret Service has Donald Trump tucked safely away in the bunker, the first time a president has sheltered there since 9/11. Anarchy reigns as protests continue for the sixth night. Trump is in silent running mode, except for his blasts into the ethernet on Twitter, denigrating Joe Biden and Democratic mayors and governors and blaming a loosely knit group known as Antifa for the riots. Trump is a one trick pony and being ugly is all he knows — which is truly tragic at a time when our country desperately needs the comforting presence of a calm hand at the helm of government. We will not get it from Donald Trump. Not tonight, not any night, not ever. It isn’t who he is. Washington Post: “The rioting in the streets has put an exclamation point on what this president cannot do: To bring people around and say we are all in this together,” said Tom Rath, a longtime Republican official and former attorney general in New Hampshire. “On his automatic transmission, there is one speed. It is not conciliate. It is not comfort. It is not forge consensus. It is attack. And the frustration right now is that nobody is in charge. Anarchy rules.” […] “Obviously the unrest and the anger is well justified,” said Al Cardenas, a Florida-based Republican strategist and a former chairman of the American Conservatives Union. “Hardly goes a week by when some white person, whether it’s a white supremacist or a racist law enforcement officer, does not kill a black person needlessly. … What the country needs and wants from the president, they’re not going to get. This president, I don’t believe, relates to the racism, relates to the pain. At least I haven’t seen it.” The White House should probably be renamed the Mad House. The New York Times is reporting that Trump kept walking around the West Wing asking advisers on Sunday whether he should give an Oval Office address and the response was no, because of the error-ridden coronavirus address he gave in March and how profoundly that backfired. He did manage to slip through this. “I’m going to win the election easily,” the president said. “The economy is going to start to get good and then great, better than ever before. I’m getting more judges appointed by the week, including two Supreme Court justices, and I’ll have close to 300 judges by the end of the year.” (So far he has confirmed about 200.) Not only a one trick pony, but one with a one track mind. It seems obvious that Trump’s advisers are trying to protect him from himself and do damage control for his reelection campaign. Those considerations don’t leave much room for giving the nation what it needs and so the obvious vacuum of leadership in this country becomes more obvious still, as the days tick by and a rattled Trump goes back and forth to his bunker. A few hours earlier on Saturday, Trump said on Twitter that demonstrators outside the White House on Friday night were met by Secret Service agents with “the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen,” a […]
A psychology teacher of mine once explained the literal definition of the word “responsible” as response-able. Someone who is able to make a response, as in responsible adult. Donald Trump, by his own admission, is “not responsible at all.” Yesterday, the ceremonial-only president visited the launch of the SpaceX missile, while demonstrations which started five days ago in Minneapolis have continued and spread to 74 cities. And this, while deaths from COVID-19 are averaging 30 a day, and 42 million Americans are unemployed, a sight unseen since the Great Depression. Trump has no public appearances on his calendar for today and it was speculated that perhaps he would make an Oval Office address. His national security adviser told Jake Tapper, “So, whether he has an address from the Oval or he speaks to the press, he’s accessible and will continue to be accessible to the country and give his views on these events, which are — which are tragic for the country.” Really, ya think? But then that posture was apparently rethought, and this is what came out of the White House next. Just in, via @KevinBohnCNN: "We will not see President Trump today on camera. The White House has declared a photo lid for today." — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 31, 2020 So, what it boils down to, your *resident is unavailable for comment, as the tear gas canisters fly, police cars are set aflame, looting takes place as storefront windows are smashed. And your *resident is persona in absentia. With nothing on his calendar. So, what’s he doing, playing mini-golf in the White House basement or watching Fox News? They are frantically brainstorming on how to spin this and figuring out what Trump should say. Whatever he says, he (they) will get it wrong. Trump will read a tone deaf statement with flowery words that Trump will defile within 24 hours. — 🗻🗻🗻Rocky Mountain Views 🗻🗻🗻 (@RockyMountViews) May 31, 2020 There may be a photo lid, but there’s not a Twitter top to go with it. Here’s Trump’s latest salvo of policy and piffle. The Lamestream Media is doing everything within their power to foment hatred and anarchy. As long as everybody understands what they are doing, that they are FAKE NEWS and truly bad people with a sick agenda, we can easily work through them to GREATNESS! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020 As explained above, Trump is not response-able. This is his best shot. This is what you get. And here were his only other comments today — so far. It’s all Antifa’s fault. Wait, give him time, he’ll bring Hillary and George Soros into this, any minute now. The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020 The people who believe ANTIFA are the cause of this, are the same people who believe Bill Gates is manufacturing a pandemic to track us.Maybe we just have a horribly broken nation and are being led by an emotionally-stunted, racist, barely literate man-child, making it worse. — John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) May 31, 2020 So … you're PRO fascist then? Well, at least we agree on what you are. https://t.co/PBrekfmCyO — Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) May 31, 2020 The President of the United States is completely out […]
Charlie Pierce is arguably the best political commentator in the country. He’s far and away my favorite. He brings to his political writing a depth of knowledge of history and literature, which coupled with a keen intellect, a killer wit, an admirable grasp of language and the sensibility of a Mad Irish Poet produces a level of commentary far above the norm. This is one of Pierce’s better offerings. Read it in it’s entirety. This is the truth about Donald Trump. He feeds on division. He’s not a public servant, he’s a troll. Every other president in history, with the sole exception of Trump, has sought to unite the country, and has given lip service, at the very least, of being the president for all Americans, even the ones who didn’t vote for him. Trump believes in divide and conquer and here we are, race riots in the streets in the midst of a global pandemic and an economy in free fall. Esquire: The entire country has been on the edge of a crack-up since the returns started rolling in on the first Tuesday of November, 2016. An actual president would have been aware of that and worked to calm a country that his election had so caught by surprise. But, at almost every turn of his presidency, this president* has worked to keep the country on edge, to disrupt the “domestic tranquillity” that is a stated purpose of the Constitution he swore to preserve and protect. Where there is hatred, he sows anger. Where there is injury, resentment. Where there is doubt, uncertainty. Where there is despair, poison. Where there is darkness, destruction. And where there is sadness, desperation. There’s something that feeds his soul in feeding the soul of the country to the flames. He has nothing else. He can’t conceive of another way to live. He belongs to another entirely different species of parasite. In 1860, the state of things was such that the newly elected president of the United States had to be smuggled into Washington by train. The overwhelming momentum toward Civil War was carrying the day, and half the country was preparing to leave rather than submit to the results of the election. By March of 1861, when Lincoln took his oath of office, seven states already had seceded. Federal property all over the South had been seized. By any reasonable standard, a rebellion already was underway. But Lincoln’s inaugural address was conciliatory. He announced that he had no intention of disturbing the status quo where slavery already existed, a promise he had to know at that point probably was an empty one. (He had said as much not only in his famous “House Divided” speech in 1858, but also at his equally renowned Cooper Union address in 1860.) But still, he concluded, famously, with a passage that sounded very much like a prayer. In your hand, my fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect, and defend it… We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may […]
Donald Trump doesn’t have the intellectual hardware to do any kind of reasoned analysis. His career as a reality TV star and self-styled tabloid celebrity was built upon his ability to cobble together talking points and weave them into a simplistic black and white, us vs. them philosophy. This is the same philosophy that he brings to the White House now and it is a disaster, to use of of his own 200 vocabulary words. But, nevertheless, this is all he’s got so it’s all we’re going to get. Here is Trump’s latest contribution to the national discourse, as the govenor of Minnesota puts the National Guard on full mobilization. It’s ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don’t lay the blame on others! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2020 He says these things not because he believes them, but because he needs somebody to blame. He is incapable of the analysis it would take to reach a decision as to what’s what in any given situation, and so his kneejerk reaction is to figure out who to point the finger at. That’s the topic of this new ad, and it is spot on. All you do is lay the blame on others. Real leaders take responsibility. pic.twitter.com/ANncOUEei3 — MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) May 30, 2020 This is good because it’s got presidents of both parties. Whether they’re mediocre or great, real leaders take responsibility. You will never see that from Donald Trump. He doesn’t have it in him. He’s too small and immature a person.
As somebody who grew up on science fiction and fantasy, I’m thinking that perhaps I have failed to fully appreciate the finer points of Fox News, specifically that there are people of great imagination there. I’ve never seen that level of imagination applied to journalism before, but I marvel at it now, as I watch these creative minds pulling facts out of sheer air and wedding them to fantasy. I reach this conclusion, because Laura Ingraham’s latest spin on Donald Trump as friend of the black man, a corollery to the friend of the working man illusion, is the most sublime spin I have seen in many a day. If you missed this, Ingraham manages to conflate Trump being investigated by Robert Mueller with George Floyd being suffocated in the street. Here is her “reasoning.” And you already know that the spin is directed at Trump’s need to woo black voters to vote for him in November. Politico: The president and his top allies are trying to fit his election-year interests in black voters into a political career filled with encouragements of police power. The latest moves come amid outcry over Minneapolis resident George Floyd, a 43-year-old African American man who died in police custody on Monday after being pinned to the pavement by a white police officer who kept his knee pressed on Floyd’s neck. In the aftermath of the incident, Trump called for an expedited federal investigation into Floyd’s death. The move drew praise from some longtime supporters of the “Blue Lives Matter” movement, who suggested the president could identify with the perceived injustice because of his own history of being investigated by law enforcement. “Given his own experience with an out-of-control FBI and unfair investigations… President Trump knows how poisonous an out-of-control law enforcement process can be,” Fox News personality Laura Ingraham, a close ally of the White House, said on her program Thursday night. Isn’t that a great piece of make believe? Maybe Team Trump should commission an artist to do a sketch of Trump handcuffed on the ground and Mueller with a knee on his neck and caption it, “Donald Trump Has Been There.” Yes, black voters, Trump feels your pain. This is the same Trump, bear in mind, who called NFL players “sons of bitches” when they chose to kneel during football games, encouraged arresting police officers to be “rough” and pardoned Joe Arpaio, that great promoter of racial justice, remember him? The football players who took a knee to symbolize their protest of police brutality against unarmed black men were sons of bitches then, now they’re comrades in arms, or so we are to believe. But not everybody is buying this. “I would caution folks who make the leap that all of a sudden Trump, and by extension Republicans, are turning a corner on black voters because he expressed a desire that justice be done in the killing of Floyd,” former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said in an interview Thursday, before Trump threatened to send National Guard personnel to Minneapolis. Steele, a Trump critic, said Trump’s initial response was taken at “face value” but likely wouldn’t translate to “bonus points for the November election.” Black voters won’t soon forget the president’s well-documented comments and history of discriminating against African Americans, he said. […]
Donald Trump is getting told to get screwed right and left these days. He’s not winning any popularity contests, that much is certain, after he tweeted his racist response to the Minneapolis George Floyd demonstrations, “when the looting starts the shooting starts.” This is one line that is backfiring, bigly. Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago, minced no words. Chicago Tribune: “He wants to show failures on the part of Democratic local leaders, to throw red meat to his base,” Lightfoot said in opening remarks at an afternoon news conference. “His goal is to polarize, to destabilize local government and inflame racist urges. We can absolutely not let him prevail. And I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It’s two words. It begins with F and it ends with U.” Asked later whether she should have used that language toward Trump, in light of former first lady Michelle Obama’s “when they go low, we go high” mantra, Lightfoot didn’t back down. “I don’t take the bait every time, but this time, when we are suffering pain and trauma at the killing of a black man in the street, to try to, for political gain, and blow the dog whistle to his base, I’m a black woman, and a leader, and I feel an obligation to speak out when something as offensive as that is said by anyone, but particularly the president,” she said. “And I make no apologies whatsoever for my word choice, and the way in which I’m calling him out for what he said.” At the time of this writing, Trump is hiding away and hasn’t responded. But Lightfoot will undoubtedly go right onto the “nasty” or “crazy” list along with a notable group of other female politicians. The list is growing.