People across the United States are continuing to grapple with problems like rampant police brutality and the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump appears to be hiding out in the White House and working himself into a frenzy to find new ways to harass Americans. In Seattle, protesters recently set up what they’ve called an “autonomous zone,” in which police presence has been minimal and community members have led what’s gone on. The scene has been peaceful — but Trump has now fired off yet another absolutely unhinged Twitter screed accusing Washington leaders of complicity in some kind of anarchist “takeover” of Seattle. Trump has completely deluded himself — the “autonomous zone” protest area has been within one neighborhood.
Trump is so self-obsessed that, in the service of his ego and his never-ending quest to make a name for himself against opponents both real and completely imaginary, he has essentially made up some kind of domestic security crisis that, quite simply, does not exist.
Early Friday morning, he tweeted:
‘Seattle Mayor says, about the anarchists takeover of her city, “it is a Summer of Love”. These Liberal Dems don’t have a clue. The terrorists burn and pillage our cities, and they think it is just wonderful, even the death. Must end this Seattle takeover now!’
Seattle Mayor says, about the anarchists takeover of her city, “it is a Summer of Love”. These Liberal Dems don’t have a clue. The terrorists burn and pillage our cities, and they think it is just wonderful, even the death. Must end this Seattle takeover now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2020
Of course, there’s a precedent for Trump pulling crises out of apparent thin air to use as excuses for harassing people who he does not like. Trump has infamously declared a national emergency at the southern U.S. border after having previously warned of a supposed immigrant “invasion.” His proclamations, of course, are completely delusional — he’s tried to paint women and children fleeing violence that the U.S. sometimes helped exacerbate as some kind of national security threat.
It’s clear that when Trump references “law and order,” he means a very specific kind — the kind with him and people who look like him at the center.
Check out Twitter’s response below: