People were wondering when the titular leader of the free world would chime in on the tragedy unfolding in Minnesota. We were better off wondering, because the minute El Moron Naranja opened his mouth, it only made things worse. Here is Donald Trump’s version of invoking the better angels of our nature — or something.
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
The National Guard has already been deployed. Sweet Jesus, does this man know ENNEE thing? Is there anybody in the White House with one foot on the ground who can read a teletype? It would seem not. So, Trump didn’t know that the governor had already called out the National Guard.
Now where did he get this line? Because this is striking.
From the NYT obituary on Nov. 17, 1968: "He told a news conference last December that 'young hoodlums' were taking advantage of civil rights and that he would emphasize tough enforcement rather than community relations." pic.twitter.com/6CPesSgvUC
— Nicole Hemmer (@pastpunditry) May 29, 2020
2020 is already far worse. 1968 didn’t feature a pandemic
— Ari S (@GBR1995) May 29, 2020
I think burning down police precincts is a little more than "taking advantage of civil rights". Also, there were plenty of white people doing it from what I've seen
— Gavin Hayes (@Gavin_B_Hayes) May 29, 2020
At a time when we desperately need leadership, we have a buffoon quoting a racist cop in Miami from 1967 and playing tough guy — not that we expected better. When dealing with Trump, you get one of two options, sub-standard or nothing at all. In this case, it was nothing, followed by sub-standard.
Kudos to Joe Biden for getting on the stick and calling for an inquiry into this matter two days ago. If our titular leader had gotten moving then, we wouldn’t be seeing this situation devolve further. But then Trump is not exactly known for his timely responses to crises.
Having lived through the riots in Los Angeles following the beating of Rodney King, I can tell you that going to sleep next to the radio when you can smell the smoke and hear the sirens is more than a little disconcerting. My heart goes out to Minneapolis. I hope they find direction and leadership from somewhere because they sure as hell ain’t gonna get it from the White House. America is burning and the ship of state is rudderless and unmanned.