Donald Trump seems to forget often that he is president of the entire United States of America and not just the people who voted for him. His fallback position is always that, when things go wrong, it’s someone else’s fault, but saying that an American city has failed under his watch will not look good on him come November.
The President of the United States claims Chicago is worse than Syria pic.twitter.com/yXjnHow62O
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 17, 2020
On Monday, just ahead of the Democratic National Convention, Trump told reporters that Chicago, Illinois, where protests still rage on as they do in many other major cities in the United States, is currently worse than Syria.
‘They had a week a little while ago during a weekend spree where 78 people were shot and 18 died. That’s worse than Afghanistan, which we’re getting out of, that’s worse than Iraq, which we’re almost out of. That’s worse than Syria, which we’re out of except we kept the oil. That’s okay, we don’t have to talk about that.’
Of course, if the massive civil unrest had not happened, if the president had addressed the matter of the disproportionate number of black and brown Americans killed by police at any point in his presidency, the protests might never have happened. Trump seems to forget that he is responsible for a response to crisis, that his response so far of sending in federal agents to round people up has not quelled the protests at all, and that shifting blame makes him look weak and unable to do his job.
Chicago is in Trump’s America right now.
Twitter was not appreciative of Trump’s fearmongering. Read some of their comments below:
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