All across the United States – in Minneapolis, Minnesota and San Francisco, California and Louisville, Kentucky and Atlanta, Georgia and Seattle, Washington and Atlanta, Georgia – protesters have taken to the streets to make their unheard voices known. They’re telling the rest of the country that they are unsafe in their own communities, like George Floyd, who was killed by police on the side of the road, in their neighborhoods, like Ahmud Arbery, who was killed by a former police officer while out jogging, and in their own homes, like Breonna Taylor, who was killed when police barged into her home.
How did the president answer those protesters, the ones who say they’re sick of feeling unsafe, of worrying that their sons and daughters will be murdered, of having no defense against the people sworn to protect and serve them but too often kill them instead? He bragged on Twitter about how safe he felt in the White House while the protests raged on.
This isn’t just a case of not getting the point. Trump is directly rubbing in the faces of black Americans all over the country that, no matter how much they protest against the dangers they face every day, he will remain untouched because he’s wealthy and powerful. It’s the modern equivalent of “let them eat cake.”
Trump tried on Friday to walk back his “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” tweet, saying that he didn’t want people to be shot and that it was not an ugly warning to protesters. Today, he’s back to bragging about how police and Secret Service will use dogs to attack black and brown people, a tactic used often against them during the Civil Rights protests. He’s bragging about the same guns which have slaughtered their sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, and friends being used to keep him safe from them. It’s not just clueless; this man is downright cruel and has no business leading the country at any time, but most especially, not at this particular time.
Twitter didn’t fail to catch Trump’s cluelessness and bragging, or to shut him down. Read some of their comments below:
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