The Minneapolis protest over the senseless killing of George Floyd that escalated into becoming a nationwide and now a global movement, has outed Trump as a coward. In contrast to this U.S. president’s poor attempt to show leadership by pushing governors to dominate and prevail over protesters, Trump showed only cowardice when confronted with Washington protesters showing up in front of the White House.
He has approved, if not ordered the putting up of walls and concrete barricades to keep Black Lives Matter (BLM) protestors away. Since military leaders do not agree to the use of military force against fellow Americans, Trump is counting on AG Barr to install law enforcement officers, including prIson guards, to prevent the protesters from going near the White House.
What the Newly and Quickly Installed Walls and Barricades Mean
Putting up walls and barricades between himself and the BLM protestors only means he is afraid to face the issue. He demonstrated this last Friday, when he spoke at the Rose Garden to announce the withdrawal of the U.S. from the World Health Organization, but nary a word about George Floyd’s death, or of the growing number of demonstrations occurring throughout the country.
Yet, why is Trump showing signs of being afraid? Why did he refuse to talk to George Floyd’s brother? Why is he inciting his supporters and the police force to launch acts of violence that will only fuel the outrage that not only blacks, but people of all color are feeling right now?
Apparently Trump has no clear understanding of what the protesters aim to achieve; of the issue being brought forward, of the people’s call to redress and address the systemic racism that has taken the lives of numerous African-Ameircans. To this U.S. president, George Floyd’s death has no significance. After all he calls the more than 100,000 COVID-19 deaths as his badge of honor, unmindful that most of those who died were people of color.
Let the Walls Built Around the White House Serve as His Prison
Let the walls be Trump’s fortress and at the same time serve as his prison walls. In time, they will also be his undoing.
Let Trump be afraid for the remainder of his presidency. That way he will also be prevented from holding political rallies that will only drive the wedge of divisiveness among people. Let Trump’s walls drive him to madness, imagining that millions of people out there are out to get him.
At the end of each day, Trump is alone, all by himself and watching several TV news programs all at the same time. Is that how the leader of a powerful nation waging trade wars against China, shows strength against a formidable leader like President Xi Jinping? He must be cringing at the thought that other world leaders are once again laughing at him.
Actually, other world leaders are not laughing, they are denouncing Trump’s show of poor leadership over the handling of the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests spurred by the merciless killing of George Floyd.