The report from CNN below is about what’s expected from the peabrain we call our President, but it does exacerbate my fear that Trump will use the violence as an excuse to foment more violence. And in confirms my worries that violence is going to beget more violence.
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Donald Trump, agitated and distressed after three nights of violent protests in dozens of cities across the country, including outside of his home, told the nation’s governors in a video teleconference Monday to aggressively target violent protesters he said would only respond to a show of force.
“You have to dominate or you’ll look like a bunch of jerks, you have to arrest and try people,” the President told the governors in a call from the basement White House Situation Room, according to an audio recording of the call obtained by CNN.
In the conversation — which drew a rebuke from Illinois’s Democratic governor on the call — Trump appeared angry and chastised what he characterized as a weak response to protests in certain places, which he said allowed violence to take hold. Trump emphasized his belief the violence is being fomented by forces from the “radical left.”
And he suggested to governors it was their responsibility, not his, to tamp down harshly on the continued unrest.
“It’s a movement, if you don’t put it down it will get worse and worse,” Trump said. “The only time its successful is when you’re weak and most of you are weak.”
In admonishing the governors for not doing more to quell the violence, which raged again on Sunday night, Trump was reverting to a hardline “law and order” mantle he believes is the best way to confront growing racial unrest across the nation.
Our Democratic governor, J. B. Pritzker, pushed back:
“Rhetoric coming out of the White House is making it worse, people are experiencing real pain,” Pritzker, a Democrat, told the President. “We’ve got to have national leadership calling for calm and legitimate concern for protestors.”
I don’t like your rhetoric that much either,” Trump fired back. “You could have done much better on coronavirus.”
Actually, Pritzker did pretty good on coronavirus. We do have a hotspot here, but both our governor and mayor have been pretty tough with the lockdowns, as we’re one of the most quarantined states and cities around.
But never mind, it’s time for a real leader to issue a conciliatory statement to the nation, preferably live. We’re riven by hatred, injured by violence and destruction, and afflicted with a pandemic that has most everyone on edge. Do you want to know what a real leader would say? What Barack Obama tweeted two days ago:
My statement on the death of George Floyd: pic.twitter.com/Hg1k9JHT6R
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 29, 2020