The New York Times is amping up their campaign for the election of Joe Biden, a man they know has exhibited cues of questionable mental competence. The paper chooses to ignore the competence issue and instead relies beforehand on the qualifications of Biden’s Vice President choice. The newspaper now opts to use the riots (not, in many instances, protests) to add fuel to their often pronounced view that Trump is fanning the problem by exercising his “fighting” posture. The paper writes on Sunday the following:
“With a nation on edge, ravaged by disease, hammered by economic collapse, divided over lockdowns and even face masks and now convulsed once again by race, President Trump’s first instinct has been to look for someone to fight.
Over the last week, America reeled from 100,000 pandemic deaths, 40 million people out of work, and cities in flames over a brutal police killing of a subdued black man. But Mr. Trump was on the attack against China, the World Health Organization, Big Tech, former President Barack Obama, a cable television host, and the mayor of a riot-torn city.
While other presidents seek to cool the situation in tinderbox moments like this, Mr. Trump plays with matches. He roars into any melee he finds, encouraging street uprisings against public health measures advanced by his government, hurling made-up murder charges against a critic, accusing his predecessor of unspecified crimes, vowing to crack down on a social media company that angered him and then seemingly threatening to meet violence with violence in Minneapolis.”
The paper also ignores some fundamental truths about the riots that have spread across the nation. Most citizens support the right of citizens to protest but stop short of blessing criminal acts—that have occurred in many cities. The outcome in Minnesota, based on a passive and hands-off policy whereby rioters were permitted to loot and destroy property for three days, is what Trump was reacting to. Trump was not fanning the flames. Instead, he was responding to the dangerous chaos that was unfolding before his eyes. The rioter’s conduct was condoned and unabated.
To be sure, the police, in many instances, share the blame by using unreasonable force. The everyday use of cell phone videos continues to depict such cases of abuse. Now, more than ever in the recent history of the country, police officers (and other law enforcement personnel) have been charged with crimes. The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a police officer captured on video has proved to be an epicenter for police misconduct.
BUT TRUMP IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF FLOYD OR THE AFTERMATH OF EVENTS OCCURING AROUND THE NATION.
Members of the far-left contend that police provocateurs and “accelerationists are infiltrating riots”. Conservatives maintain that outsiders or professional rioters such as Antifa (short for anti-fascist) are involved. Some of this may be true. There is some evidence to support both theories.
Trump has recently called Antifa a domestic terrorist organization, and the Attorney General Barr has said the feds would prosecute people who cross state lines to participate in or organize riots. There is some question as to whether the President has the authority to make this determination.
THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO DO MORE TO IMPROVE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE POLICE AND ALL RACES
Regardless of the claims made by both sides, there is little evidence to support the notion that Trump is to blame for the riots. The President has reached out to minority communities to reduce unemployment figures (the virus has temporarily impacted everyone) and to improve the criminal justice system. He needs to do more to improve relationships between the police and all races.