Sunday, August 30, 2020

What did Donald Trump do today?

He had an emotional day on Twitter, even for him.

Trump sent more than 100 tweets or retweets today, many of them in a two-hour binge this morning. Even by his own standards, the rant contained a lot of raw emotion and a lot of lies, mostly aimed at proclaiming himself the only person who can restore "LAW AND ORDER" to the country he has been president of for the past three and a half years. 

Trump, who almost never uses the "like" feature on Twitter, used it today to promote a tweet supporting Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Trump supporter who shot and killed two protestors last week in Kenosha, and injured a third.

Rittenhouse, who is too young to legally carry a weapon in Wisconsin, was part of an all-white "militia" calling itself the Kenosha Guard—though Rittenhouse, at least, was not from Kenosha. The group traveled to Kenosha to "protect" businesses from "evil thugs." 

Rittenhouse, a vocal supporter of Trump, filled his social media feeds with pictures of himself posing with guns like the one he used in Kenosha. He was apparently involved in a fight last month where he punched a teenage girl

As part of his re-election strategy, Trump has been actively trying to stoke tension between police and their "supporters" in so-called militias, and protestors who oppose his policies. The result has been what is known as "stochastic terrorism," where supporters of a political figure act on the message behind the words while allowing the leader to claim he's not responsible.

So what?

  • Embracing violence and even murder when it's committed against political enemies is what dictators do.
  • Donald Trump is responsible for what happens during Donald Trump's presidency.