President Donald Trump finally had his uber despotic moment yesterday.
In front of the whole world, Trump embraced the authoritarian image that he normally can only fawn over from a far. As America’s original sins are exorcised in the form of protests, the economic engine has shut or is being decimated currently.
“If the city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residence, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” Trump said.
For #45, this is a danger place to be because his entire campaign platform was built on economic progress, not stagnation. However, from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic to the current global unrest, his past “wins” seem very brittle.
However, Trump is using this moment to solidify himself as a dictator. His language has been piercing lacking empathy and bathing in toxicity. For every national moment that the protest hands the world daily, Trump has done nothing to quell the high emotions; instead he fans the fears.
— idk dude (@Bstandsforband) June 2, 2020
Tale Of The Tape: Trump vs Protest
Trump on Monday turned security forces on peaceful protesters in front of the White House. Tear gas and rubber bullets flew as he relished in being to declare himself the “law and order” President. But then he went full fake Christian on the world.
In an extremely bizarre moment, he strode across the park to stand in front of the iconic, St. John’s Church, holding a Bible up to make his statement.
Was it a classic Trump vanity moment? Yes. However, it was much more dangerous than that as he in essence signaled that “God” is standing behind his decisions. Of all the vanity and bravado, Trump understands marketing impact more than most.
He outlined his machinations in his famous book, “The Art of The Deal” which reads like a Machiavellian version of 50 Cent’s “How To Rob”. rump is a master manipulator and he takes full advantage of his now captive, pun intended, audience. But this chapter of his sensational life story is showing too many signs of a troubling time in American history.
While the White House’s official Twitter account released a triumphant video of the moment set to music, sans signs of the protest, Trump is making his play. Now that he is down in the polls and is losing his assumed lead to remain in the White House over rival, Joe Biden, Trump is pulling out all the stops for his base.
“I thought I was watching a scene from something in Turkey, and not in the United States,” retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who commanded National Guard troops in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
— Sandra Dillon (@SandraDillon20) June 2, 2020
After using, the “church of the presidents,” Trump created a quasi-plantation owner aesthetic when using religion as the justifier of force. Ironically, the church had experienced a basement fire during Sunday’s demonstrations, adding to impact of his location choice.
Protestors let Trump know they were close and he hid in a bunker. The church speech was him redefining his dominance over the situation but instead he looks more like a disgruntled tough guy. Think Gary Sinise in “The Book Of Eli” willing to destroy the world in search of a Bible. Once he finally had his hands on it, the world was already in shambles.
He also is losing allies from this twisted show of force drawing immediate criticism from faith leaders.
“The President just used the Bible, our sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese, without permission, as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus,” said Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. on “AC360.”
The Brink of Insurrection
The President made a major flex when he threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807.
According to some interpretations, it would give him the power to send armed troops into the streets to restore law and order.
The act has been invoked several times to bolster local law enforcement, including during the Detroit riots of 1967 and the Rodney King riots in 1992.
However, while currently in election season, Trump can protect his own political interests and defy state sovereignty by sending soldiers into states against their will.
It is the next stage in a desire to be seen as an an all-encompassing purveyor of American power. It can also represent an unprecedented politicization of the military that is exclusive to autocratic nations.
Ironically, earlier that day, he spoke by phone to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Then he berated governors for being weak and in a conference call demanding they utilize the National Guard to “dominate” the streets.
the whole world watched you send military police to brutalize a peaceful civilian protest. the lowest moment of a presidency that's been nothing but one low moment after another
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) June 2, 2020
But Trump never made an attempt to calm the nation. He has never called for all the officers to be charged or even been critical of the 3rd degree murder/manslaughter charge given to Derek Chauvin. Trump, has never showed empathy or even expressed a modicum of concern of police brutality.
However, the President’s rhetoric and grandstanding, will likely be embraced by his supporters for its tough stance on looting. His base eats up that narrative on conservative media and it is how he is expected to show them leadership.
— noblebrother (@noblebrother) June 2, 2020
The world must stay aware and awake during these pivotal times. History has shown that programs like COINTELPRO were crafted by the FBI to destroy the social justice movements of the ’60’s and ’70’s. Trump is a win at all costs guy and with the country not letting up on the protest, he might feel baiting to do something extreme.
This was the warning Trump detractors always gave during his campaigning, however, him being unhinged could risk American freedoms.