The more leaks there are from Monday’s disastrous teleconference between El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago and the nation’s governors, the more you realize exactly what a perilous moment this is in our history. As background, however, we should first look at another report that emerged prior to when everything hit the fan in Lafayette Park. From the :
Never in the 1,227 days of Trump’s presidency has the nation seemed to cry out for leadership as it did Sunday, yet Trump made no attempt to provide it. That was by design. Trump and some of his advisers calculated that he should not speak to the nation because he had nothing new to say and had no tangible policy or action to announce yet, according to a senior administration official. Evidently not feeling an urgent motivation Sunday to try to bring people together, he stayed silent.
That is an altogether astonishing passage. The country is in flames while already at the crossroads of 1918 and 1929, and the president* has nothing new to say and no urgent motivation to say it anyway. What the hell is his job in a crisis like this, anyway? On Monday, we found out at least what he thinks his job is. And it’s not good. From :
On a video teleconference, the president warned that the law enforcement presence across Washington is set to intensify later Monday. He said the protests are ruining the nation's standing on the world stage. And he called on governors to pass new bans on flag burning, a constitutionally protected expression of free speech. "Washington was under very good control, but we're going to have it under much more control," Mr. Trump said, according to audio of the meeting obtained by CBS News. "We're going to pull in thousands of people." He added later: "We're going to clamp down very, very strong.”
During the call, the president repeatedly called into question the leadership and decisions made over the weekend by governors and big-city mayors, imploring them to make broader use of the National Guard and other military capabilities. "You're making a mistake because you're making yourselves look like fools," he told the governors at one point. "And some have done a great job. But a lot of you, it's not – it's not a great day for our country.” One participant on the call described the president's words and tone as "unhinged.”
This, of course, is coming from a guy whose non-response to the pandemic left state and local governments high, dry, and desperate, while handing the response over to thieves and grifters, treating vital life-saving equipment like patronage contracts, and failing to pressure his political party in Congress to pass anything more than the stingiest relief packages.
The president said that the violence "is coming from the radical left — you know, it everybody knows it — but it's also looters, and it's people that figure they can get free stuff by running into stores and running out with television sets. I saw it — a kid has a lot of stuff, he puts it in the back of a brand new car and drives off. You have every one of these guys on tape. Why aren't you prosecuting them? Now, the harder you are, the tougher you are, the less likely you're going to be hit."
This kind of violence has happened before, Mr. Trump said. "It's happened numerous times. And the only time it's successful is when you're weak. And most of you are weak. I will say this, what's going on in Los Angeles — I have a friend lives in Los Angeles — they say all the storefronts are gone," the president continued. "They're all broken and gone. The merchandise is gone. It's a shame. It didn't look as bad to me — maybe it was the sunshine, I don't know. But in Los Angeles, the storefronts are gone. Philadelphia's a mess. What happened there is horrible.”
He knows nothing about anything, and he’s proud of it. He has shirked his duties as president* in a thousand ways, most recently by huddling in a bunker inside a darkened White House. (At the height of the antiwar protests, Richard Nixon at least bestirred himself to visit the protestors in a bizarre expedition in the middle of the night.) And now he’s doling out lectures to people who are holding local government together with their teeth.
"Philadelphia, you'd better toughen up. Because what's going on in Philadelphia, like New York, is terrible. It's terrible. You'd better toughen — they'll never leave. I know you want to say, 'Oh, let's not call up the Guard, let's call up 200 people.' You've got a big National Guard out there that's ready to come in and fight like hell. I tell ya, the best, what they did in Minneapolis was incredible.”
Turns out he was right the first time. He has nothing new to say.
Update (4:22 p.m.): Here, thanks to the im电竞官网-, you can hear for yourself. It’s worse than I expected.