As I write this post, America seems to be on fire. It has been frayed to a crisp. The frustration of the pandemic, the economic and racial inequality that has been exposed by it was the kindling, and the killing of a black man by a white cop was the spark. The fire is systemic racism.
There have been riots across America for five straight nights. During these times, a president would normally make a public appearance to try to heal the country. But that isn’t going to happen this time. Yesterday, at a press conference announcing that the United States is pulling out of the WHO, Trump refused to take any questions after tweeting the comment below, which was so beyond the pale that even Twitter had to put a warning on it.
This is how the president confronts the situation in which we find ourselves. There will be no healing. There is only extensions of authoritarianism. He claimed he’d bring “law and order” to America. If this goes on much longer, I’m sure he’s going to try.
Trump always seems to trot out these racially-charged comments and then claims to not realize they have any racial meaning at all. The continual dog whistle that has come from this White House has led, at least in part, to we are today. I fully believe his racism is so embedded in his very being that he doesn’t really know the origins of many of the dog whistles he uses. It all just flows from his consciousness, and he’s never done anything to learn, grow, rise above it. He hasn’t even cared. In fact, he seems to just double down. Every. Single. Time.
And then not long after that, we get this one.
Oh, they would have met the most vicious dogs and the most ominous weapons. What the hell is he even going on about? “Oh, you better not try to come inside the White House!”
Tonight, as the country faces yet another night of civil unrest, Trump is in the White House, again, watching TV and tweeting.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden went to a Black Lives Matter protest in Delaware today.
This is what real leadership looks like. Hopefully, we’ll have it soon.