August 19, 2022

Trump calls on his supporters to confront White House protestors of police murderers in new tweet

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As protests continued to erupt across the United States — this time not for the entitled right to get a hair cut, visit a bar, or be free to go maskless and potentially spread the deadly COVID-19 virus, but for survival at the hands of seemingly unaccountable murderous police — Donald Trump is changing his tune.


When the protests fit his agenda — such as when armed white people brought their guns into the Michigan state capitol — Trump was urging them on in his tweets, telling the protestors to “LIBERATE MINNESOTA!” “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” “LIBERATE VIRGINIA,” hoping to put pressure on states to reopen their pandemic-shuttered businesses before they met CDC guidelines of falling infection rates, adequate testing, and contact tracing in a transparent attempt to salvage the economy and his prospects for re-election.

Now that the protestors are not lily-white Trump supporters and their grievances are over the deliberate murders of innocent people of color at the hands of unfettered police officers who have taken it upon themselves to serve as judge, jury, and executioner — and have congregated in large numbers in cities around the nation and at the very gates of the White House, suddenly Trump is whistling a very different tune as the White House was forced into lockdown mode.

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As pent up rage exploded, the president — normally well insulated from seeing such overwhelming reaction to the effects of his administration’s bankrupt policies, corruption, and incompetence so publically repudiated on his doorstep — betrayed the fear behind his bravado-filled tweet of praise for his first line of defense at the White House with his subsequent posts.

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Ignoring the fact that the anti-lockdown protests in Michigan and other states were organized and funded by a cabal of right-wing extremist billionaires, Trump pulled his usual trick of accusing his political opponents of doing what he and his Republican party have already done in spades, alleging that the protests at the White House were “professionally managed” and had nothing to do with the police murders of unarmed African American citizens, just as he derisively dismissed the peaceful protests by black athletes who kneeled during the National Anthem as unrelated to unchecked police brutality towards minorities.

Unsurprisingly for this president, rather than try to bring calm to the tensions, Trump instead appeared to call of his supporters to show up at the White House gates, presumably to confront the angry protestors with a show of force less restricted by the rules and regulations that the Secret Service and other government-employed presidential protectors must follow when they engage with public demonstrations.

Trump is apparently daring Twitter to censor his posts by making somewhat veiled threats of violence rather than outright calls for actions that would surely garner at least a warning label from the social media platform, if not an outright deletion.

The president continued to feed conspiracy theories about “organized groups” of protestors, despite the fact that it was the disorganized looting and destruction that the organized peaceful protests devolved into that has been the problem, with the combination of rage over George Floyd’s publicly viewed murder and the weeks of quarantine isolation boiling over into senseless outbursts of violence.

Of course, Trump cannot allow any event to pass without using it as an opportunity to advance his own political agenda and attack any convenient Democrat involved.

In this case, he went after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who was quick to see that the police officers involved in the deliberate killing of George Floyd were fired from the city’s force once the video evidence of the nature of the murder began to circulate widely.

One has to suppress the urge to shout back at the computer screen when reading this particular tweet.

Trump himself will never be mistaken for McArthur, Patton, or certainly not any of our more esteemed, beloved, and effective presidents. The best comparison to past presidents for our current Oval Office occupant would be Herbert Hoover, the Republican who exacerbated the Great Depression in the 1930s before Franklin Delano Roosevelt came in to help restore the economy with the New Deal.

One is tempted to shout back at Trump: “How come all of the poorest and least educated states in the country are run by right-wing Republicans?”

It is these protestors who are getting tough and fighting — fighting an unjust system of inequality made worse by Republican tax cuts for the wealthy and contempt for the health and safety of the “essential workers” without whom the billionaire class can’t reap their economic bounty.

Trump equates “STRENGTH!” with massive amounts of police firepower without exhibiting any strength of his own — the strength to rectify injustice and be an effective and compassionate leader.

As a president who was born to hector and criticize while absolving himself of any responsibility, Trump is always on the lookout for scapegoats, so, naturally, he assigned blame for the spate of violence during the protests of the past few days on convenient targets, declining to characterize these demonstrators as “very fine people” on both sides as he did in Charlottesville a few years ago, despite the presence of armed right-wing extremists and “Boogaloo” enthusiasts among the Minneapolis protests.

As the world waits to see what may happen tonight outside the White House, Trump will be protected inside the White House and looking out to see how large a crowd of his own supporters he can now gather.

If the progressive protestors simply don’t show up tonight, needlessly violent confrontations can be avoided and the likely largely maskless crowds of MAGA-fans can simply gather together and exchange virus particles among themselves.

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Instead, if the protestors who surrounded the White House last night shift their attention to other locations, they can make their voices heard without resorting to violence and destruction.

The time to organize, gather, and defeat Trump is on election day. In the meantime, the best way to defeat Trump and stay safe during this pandemic is to continue to stay home and boycott the economy. If the economic engines in the US don’t restart quickly, then Trump’s defeat is ensured.

A bit of temporary pain may be necessary to rid the nation of both COVID-19 and the virus that has infected the White House and the nation named Donald Trump.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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