The contrast between President Donald Trump and any political figure among leading Democrats likely could not be any more stark at this point. Trump has spent days complaining about anti-police brutality demonstrators, local leaders whose jurisdictions have seen demonstrations, and more. Meanwhile, figures like presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have outlined a path ahead for Americans, going forward from the tumult of Trump’s own failed leadership. During a speech this Tuesday, Biden pledged not to “traffic in fear and division” or “fan the flames of hate,” both of which are exactly what Trump has been doing.
Here’s how this scene was viewed live in Australia. One of America’s closest and most dependable allies. Rendered speechless. Just watch. pic.twitter.com/IjOzgs3WYo
— Brett McGurk (@brett_mcgurk) June 2, 2020
Shouldn’t it be a given that a U.S. president wouldn’t “fan the flames of hate” during intense unrest across the nation over police brutality? With Trump, there’s no such standard. Biden commented:
‘[Trump has] turned this country into a battlefield driven by old resentments and fresh fears. He thinks division helps him. His narcissism has become more important than the nation’s well-being that he leads… I promise you this, I won’t traffic in fear and division. I won’t fan the flames of hate. I’ll seek to heal the racial wounds that have long plagued our country, not use them for political gain. I’ll do my job and I will take responsibility. I won’t blame others… This job is not about me. It’s about you. It’s about us.’
Imagine if Americans could count on the actual current president, Donald Trump, to say anything like any of that. With Trump in power, they can not. Watch below:
Biden sounds like a president, "I promise you this, I won't traffic in fear and division. I won't fan the flames of hate. I'll seek to heal the racial wounds…not use them for political gain. I'll do my job and I will take responsibility. I won't blame others." pic.twitter.com/m6loNLfZH9
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) June 2, 2020
At another point in his Tuesday remarks, Biden said:
‘We’re a nation in pain, but we cannot let our pain destroy us. We’re a nation enraged, but we cannot let our rage consume us. We’re a nation exhausted, but we cannot let our exhaustion defeat us.’
Biden: “We’re a nation in pain, but we cannot let our pain destroy us. We're a nation enraged, but we cannot let our rage consume us. We're a nation exhausted, but we cannot let our exhaustion defeat us."
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) June 2, 2020
Again, imagine if the current president said anything like any of that. Instead, the nation was left with his meaningless self-congratulations for a supposed job well done. Early Tuesday, Trump glibly reveled in the supposed “domination” of demonstrators by police and the military. In reality, appalling scenes played out in D.C. like a violent police attack on completely peaceful, completely legal demonstrators just so the president could hold a photo op at a local church without any people around.
Attacking peaceful protesters to visit a church that didn't want him there. https://t.co/oid7lfB7z0
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) June 2, 2020
Trump tweeted as if none of that ever happened, writing:
‘D.C. had no problems last night. Many arrests. Great job done by all. Overwhelming force. Domination. Likewise, Minneapolis was great (thank you President Trump!).’
Besides the oddity of him literally thanking himself like a self-obsessed egomaniac, he had little to nothing to do with the situation in Minneapolis. It’s state authorities who are in charge of the National Guard, which has been deployed there and in many other locales.
D.C. had no problems last night. Many arrests. Great job done by all. Overwhelming force. Domination. Likewise, Minneapolis was great (thank you President Trump!).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020
Protests have raged for days on end in major cities across the United States, and many local police forces have responded by perpetrating the exact same kind of violence against demonstrators that sparked the protests in the first place. There have been an innumerable number of reports about heinous police violence.
Imagine if this were China or Cuba how we’d be covering it. https://t.co/79bUj4yhIS
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) June 2, 2020