In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and a Greater Depression than in 1929, Donald Trump managed to make the situation far worse. There are 106,000 Americans dead and still more dying and a Greater Depression than began in 1929. The nation watched as a white Milwaukee, WI police officer cut off the air supply of a black man’s and watched him die in slow motion — nine minutes of hell. So what does POTUS’ administration think about his current situation?
The primary question facing his advisers was how could the commander-in-chief settle the national turmoil while retaining his core base. One of the president’s top advisers and Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner and additional top advisers did not want him to speak to the nation. They were afraid Trump would harm his chances for reelection this fall. Part of their decision was based upon the commander-in-chief’s last Oval Office formal address. It turned into a stunning failure.
Trump jumped upon a loose leftist group to blame for the nation’s unrest. Never mind that unlike the white supremacists, these people support and protect protesters, and yes, even with violence when they believe they must.
Sunday the president was tweeting against the anti-fascist movement, hence the name Antifa. Trump tried to blame Antifa for the protests, according to The POLITICO:
‘Congratulations to our National Guard for the great job they did immediately upon arriving in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last night. The ANTIFA led anarchists, among others, were shut down quickly. Should have been done by Mayor on first night and there would have been no trouble!’
White House advisers suggested bringing black leaders to Trump to talk. The administration has been hoping that the federal law enforcement would just go ahead and charge the remaining three officers who did nothing to stop the murder of George Floyd. In fact, they assisted in the crime as videos show from a range of directions.
Trump said he was going to label Antifa a “domestic terrorist organization.” That would be difficult to impossible, because Antifa has never been an organization.
Former Senior Communications Adviser in Trump’s 2016 campaign Jason Miller said:
‘The protests are not just connected to the death of George Floyd. They are connected to the overall frustration with the economic downturn and coronavirus. There are no magical words of unity that can fix someone’s missing paycheck, or no magical words of unity on George Floyd.’
Trump’s National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien remarked about Space X when he showed up on Sunday morning talk shows. He said:
‘Look, the president addresses the country almost every day. He’s been very accessible to them. And I think he’s made it very clear in his initial Twitter responses to the terrible killing and death of Mr. Floyd and his common sense that he’s — he’s accessible to the country every day. So, whether he has an address from the Oval or he speaks to the press, he’s accessible and will continue to be accessible to the country and give his views on these events, which are — which are tragic for the country.’
Trump 2020 Advisory Council member Bruce LeVell also owns a business in Atlanta, GA. He was all pro-Trump regarding George Floyd’s murder and the ensuing events:
‘The president condemned that behavior right out of the gate. I say this respectfully, but previous administrations took more of a “wait-and-see” approach, like “Let’s see what the local DA says.” Trump said, “Let’s get (Attorney General William) Barr on this.”‘
The sole black Republican Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) appeared on Fox News Sunday morning. He was gentle with his condemnation of Trump. Scott called the president’s comments about “vicious police dogs” attacking the demonstrators and looting resulting in shooting not “constructive:”
‘I spoke with the president yesterday morning, and he and I had a good conversation about what are the next steps. I told him what I’m going to tell you, which is, ‘Mr. President, it helps us when you focus on the death, the unjustified, in my opinion, the criminal death of George Floyd. Those tweets are very helpful.’
Scott urged the president to “lead with compassion:”
‘It is helpful when you say what you said yesterday, which is that it’s important for us to recognize the benefit of nonviolent protests. It is helpful when you respond to my request to have the Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Barr, have a commission and a conversation around race and justice in this nation. Mr. President, it is helpful when you lead with compassion.’ And the tweets that I saw yesterday were far better.’
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