Every war begins with one act of violence. This produces an act of retaliation, another violent act; and so it goes. A pyramid of violent actions ensue, and the result is death and suffering for thousands.
National protests over the murder of George Floyd began peacefully, but sadly turned violent. In some states, city officials claim that the property damage from fire and physical destruction began from outside sources, not from the residents of their own city. Regardless, violence incites more violence and solves nothing.
However, there are no reports of marchers attacking members of law enforcement or other innocent men or women.
Trump has changed America with the assistance of Moscow Mitch McConnell and his own circle of sinners. Fear and hatred have replaced understanding and compassion. Raw emotion prevents intelligent thought. With the assistance of Fox News, our nation is more divided than at any time since the Civil War. Our freedoms are being replaced with fascist rule. White supremacists are openly attacking minorities, the LGBT community, Muslims, Jews, and women. Overall, hate crimes have increased by more than 800 percent since November 8, 2016. I call this the “Trump Effect.” The dominant themes of his vile rallies are anger, hatred, and violence against anyone who refuses to agree with his anti-American beliefs.
I regret to inform you that on Sunday afternoon, as marchers were walking across a bridge in Minneapolis, a deranged man drove his tanker truck at high speed directly at the protesters. Fortunately, the men and women on the bridge scurried quickly and avoided the truck’s path. The driver is in police custody. This is another example of the “Trump Effect.”
This morning, June 1, 2020, Trump again failed to lead our nation and placed governors alone in an effort to curb the violence. Instead, as protests continued outside of the White House, he suggested that governors act more ‘aggressively, targeting violent protesters who he said would only respond to a show of force.’ In other words, ‘meet violence with even greater violence.’ He continues to refuse speaking to the American people. He is not your president, and he is not mine.
“You have to dominate or you’ll look like a bunch of jerks, you have to arrest and try people,” the President told the governors in a call from the basement White House Situation Room, according to an audio recording of the call obtained by CNN.
More proof that Trump has violated his oath of office as he denies what our founding fathers believed the most important words in the Constitution, the first amendment.
“It’s a movement, if you don’t put it down it will get worse and worse,” Trump said. “The only time its successful is when you’re weak and most of you are weak.”
This from a draft dodger, and a man too cowardly to answer direct question at his “press conferences.”
“So bad a few nights ago that the people wouldn’t have minded an occupying force,” Trump said. “I wish we had an occupying force in there.”
If you close your eyes, you can hear Adolf Hitler or Benito Mussolini threatening their citizens with ‘aggressive’ and violent actions if they refuse to surrender to the demands of dictators.’
As the leader of white supremacy in America, Trump will never discuss the root cause of these protests; mental and physical abuse from law enforcement focused on minorities. African Americans have been harassed and even murdered for decades while our federal government ignores the continuing failure of our entire legal system.
It is not an allegation, it is a fact that America has two justice systems: one for the wealthy and one for the poor.
Trump is not an American president and is unfit to continue living in our White House. Let’s all “Dump Trump.”
Op-ed by James Turnage
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