One thing Americans can count on from their current president is when things are at their worst, he can always make them worse. On Saturday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) called for Donald Trump to “shut up” and “constrain his apparent zeal for bloodshed” if he can’t stop “stop stoking the fires of racism.”
We are one nation. One nation in need of justice and healing.
I don’t expect this “president” to understand that.
But I do expect him to stop stoking the fires of racism and constrain his apparent zeal for bloodshed.
And if cannot, he can do the nation a service, and shut up.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 30, 2020
Schiff’s tweet came in response to a Twitter meltdown from the president in which he threatened the lives of protesters outside the White House, painted the Secret Service as gleeful over the opportunity to use violent force against American citizens, and invited his supporters to come handle the protesters themselves.
As the dual crises of COVID-19, which has left more than 104,000 Americans dead in the past three months, and the well-justified anger over another three murders perpetrated by police against unarmed citizens, it’s important to remember three things that have happened during this time:
- The president retweeted a video of a man saying “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat” while Trump supporters cheered.
- The president used a quote from a white supremacist police chief to threaten protesters who are speaking out against police brutality against people of color, saying “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” which was removed by Twitter for inciting violence.
- When confronted by Americans angry over the unfair treatment of black citizens, Trump threatened to sic his followers, people who carry semi-automatic weapons and neo-Nazi and Confederate flags to protests, on them.
The president has done all of those things just in the past four days.
Twitter was in full support of Schiff’s tweet. See some of their comments below:
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