Trump’s ‘Unhinged’ Rant at Governors Over Protests Draws Condemnation: ‘Like an Arsonist Blaming the Fire Department’
Numerous political observers were horrified on Monday as they learned that President Donald Trump lashed out at state governors over the chaotic, nationwide protests over the weekend.
The president and Attorney General Bill Barr held a conference call with state leaders to discuss the unrest that has overshadowed calls for justice following George Floyd’s death. Leaked audio shows Trump berating governors as “fools,” called the law enforcement efforts “weak,” told state leaders to “dominate” protesters, and compelled them to exercise greater force in numerous respects.
Many political observers said they fear the implications of Trump’s comments, and they expressed a major lack of confidence in national leadership between the civil unrest and an ongoing pandemic.
Trump's bizarre terror that "the whole world was laughing" while watching the riots is such a revealing window into his damaged mind. Nothing scares him more than the idea of mockery, and nothing, including human life, matters more to him than appearances. https://t.co/Zw3eUBs4mj
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) June 1, 2020
Any future excessive force/violence from law enforcement is now going to be viewed in the context of these words from the president himself > https://t.co/X8nzs30VN4
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) June 1, 2020
Even during a private conference call, he still behaves like an old crank at the end of the bar ranting about what he's seeing on Fox News. https://t.co/kcVISzDpo4
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) June 1, 2020
Trump in a call with governors says "most of you are weak" and demands a tougher response. That's sort of like an arsonist blaming the fire department.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) June 1, 2020
— Mark Joyella 🏳️🌈 (@standupkid) June 1, 2020
He sounds like someone losing control. https://t.co/xWL7v5tEiO
— Ross Colquhoun (@rosscolquhoun) June 1, 2020
I pray no governor of any party listens to the President of the United States.
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) June 1, 2020
For the billionth time, it’s not remarkable. He’s a psychopath. A stupid, cruel, malignantly narcissistic, dominance-obsessed literal psychopath & everything he does is staggeringly predictable. 5 years of this shit and reporters still cover him like he’s a tad unorthodox. https://t.co/twEgtiNKf9
— Dan Gurewitch (@DanGurewitch) June 1, 2020
One person listening in on the call describes the president's words and tone as "unhinged."
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) June 1, 2020
Never has a moment more effectively crystalized what a terrible mistake it was to confuse political combat with governance. https://t.co/li6GXf8rbV
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) June 1, 2020
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