Interesting that Donald Trump has been throwing around the word “Fascists” in his speeches. Does he even understand what the word means? It refers to a group or movement that supports the nation and race over individual rights — like Russia. It has a brutal dictator in charge and suppresses opposition — like Putin, according to Merrian Webster. Wait a minute. That is who Trump is trying to be and admires so much in other leaders.
On the Fourth of July and in his best political orator’s voice, Trump spoke to crowds of his followers, according to The Washington Post:
‘Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities. This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped.’
Instead, he accuses people who tear down statues with the term Fascists. Should he be talking about statues? The president spoke about statues all the while, he missed the underlying issue. He apparently enjoyed spewing hateful rhetoric all over the nation’s capitol and the faces of four American presidents etched in stone.
Statues that have been rooted in the Jim Crowe era and were a slander on the lives of many Americans. While the statues do have significance and are powerful symbols of racial inequality, people have additional concerns. In addition, Americans have been afraid of dying.
People have been watching their loved ones become part of the near three million confirmed cases of coronavirus. Worse, 132, 212 very cared-for people have died, as reported by Google statistical data.
Scientists discovered that very fine droplets expel from people’s mouths when they talk. Then, those fine droplets hang in the room just waiting to latch onto another human host.
Some experts have been saying that the hotspots in Florida, Texas, and Arizona were the second wave people have been talking about. Not true. The virus has been hitting full force as it blasts through the southern belt of the country in full first-wave force. A second was will hit in the fall along with flu season and weakened immune systems. So what does Trump do?
Many close Trump advisers have tried to pivot the president away from the evocative statues rhetoric and in a different direction. They have talked to him, questioning whether that topic would not bear weight as the cornerstone of his presidential election.
A senior Trump campaign adviser noted that the polls of the moment were “inconclusive” in the best light, according to The Daily Beast:
‘The question now is: Is the statue shit going to work?;
The president’s Campaign’s Communications Director, Tim Murtaugh, released a statement calling out Biden as a bland opponent. All the while, Trump has been attacking individuals for statue vandalism:
‘[T]here is a loud, visible, and sometimes violent faction on the extreme left that seeks to delegitimize America’s very existence. President Trump has made clear he will not stand for that. By contrast, the first instinct of Joe Biden and his party is to agree with the agitators that there is something fundamentally wrong with America and that there always has been.’
One of Trump’s people said:
‘I would talk about jobs, jobs, and jobs. Five million people went back to work last month. Talk about them… The [statues] issue is playing out without him.’
Former Senior Adviser in the Trump 2016 campaign and lobbyist Barry Bennett thought the issue was important, but POTUS need not revisit the issue:
‘[He] doesn’t need to say anything [about it]. Everyone is already talking about it… I would talk about jobs, jobs, and jobs. Five million people went back to work last month. Talk about them… The [statues] issue is playing out without him.’
A Republican close to Trump’s White House told The Daily Beast in a separate article:
‘One issue is that the president and some of his people see something on Fox News and then take that to mean that that issue will resonate with most voters: Republican, independents, even some Democrats or former Democrats. That is what is happening with the hyper-focus on this [statues] issue and it doesn’t always work out. Look at the caravan during the  midterms.’
The president’s sycophants latched onto his statue cornerstone, fawning all over the idea:
‘It’s about our history, values, and freedoms. It’s about those that believe America should be the land of the free vs. the land of big government that takes away our freedoms.’
Former Representative and current talking head for Trump, Jack Kingston (R-GA) said Saturday that he had asked the commander-in-chief’s political staff about the internal polls:
‘T[hey said campaign] polling is on the [president’s] side.’
A top Trump pollster John McLaughlin said:
‘[He had] no new memos” on this topic. We shall see. [T]he issue is so much bigger than just monuments. It’s about our history, values, and freedoms. It’s about those that believe America should be the land of the free vs. the land of big government that takes away our freedoms.’
POTUS envisioned a garden of heroes as defined by him. The Washington Post reported that they included:
‘Billy Graham, 19th-century politician Henry Clay, frontiersman Davy Crockett, first lady Dolley Madison, and conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.’
Executive Director of the American Historical Association James Grossman said:
‘The choices vary from odd to probably inappropriate to provocative.’
History Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Karen Cox said:
‘It’s just so random. It’s like they threw a bunch of stuff on the wall and just went with whatever stuck. Nothing about this suggests it’s thoughtful.’
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