At times of great civil unrest, like the unprecedented times the United States finds itself in today, good leaders speak to the people, making calming addresses to their nations in order to express empathy and bring people together.
Donald Trump finally addressed the nation during the days-long protests in cities across the country, and there was nothing empathetic or unifying in his speech.
Trump announced his address as he usually does, tweeting out to 80 million followers like a new episode of his reality TV show is about to air. His remarks throughout the day about using the “full force of the military” had already inflamed outrage, his speech in the Rose Garden did much worse.
See Trump’s full comments below. His speech begins at 32:17.
Trump began talking about how the protests are most heavily affecting the most vulnerable people in the poorest communities, which is true. But it turns out he wasn’t talking about the pain felt by the black community. Instead, he talked about how the “rioting and looting” is “destroying the dreams” of business owners.
But he never mentioned how police have destroyed the dreams of so many mothers and fathers for their children until those children were murdered in the streets.
He talked about the “looting” and how wrong and harmful it is. He never mentioned how he and his family stole charity money. He didn’t mention how he allowed 80 percent of the money from the U.S. stimulus package, American tax dollars paid for by American citizens, go to big corporations. That looting doesn’t matter.
He talked about burning and destruction, but he never mentioned all the threats he’s made to send our military into other countries, or the soldiers who are still there in the poorest countries now, to burn and destroy their countries and slaughter their innocent civilians.
He then promised to send in “thousands” of members of the military to force protesters into submission. He doesn’t get that black people have no military, they have no big guns or bombs, and they have no protection in this country when they are beaten, choked, and killed.
Somehow, he worked in protecting his supporters’ Second Amendment rights. No one has any idea why that’s relevant right now.
He talked about stopping the looting, the rioting, the burning, the destruction. What he should have talked about is resigning from office, because he clearly has no clue what he’s doing or how very big a hypocrite he is.
Twitter was quick to respond to Trump’s message. Read some of their comments below:
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