Trump already endorsed police violence against suspects in custody
* Media coverage of widespread looting is just what he needs to knock 103,000 Covid-10 pandemic deaths out of the news and let him avoid accountability for a calamity which widespread protest gatherings are going to exacerbate.
* And speaking of protests nationwide triggered by the killing of George Floyd while handcuffed by Minneapolis officers, Trump endorsed the abuse of citizens in police custody three years ago after Baltimore officers gave a handcuffed Freddie Gray an intentionally-brutal and fatal ride in a transport van.
These are the words of a President who today cannot address the country because he further inflamed the situation with rage tweets and has repeatedly forfeited the moral underpinnings and integrity of the office.
As he said publicly in 2017 to an audience of police officers:
Addressing law enforcement in New York on Friday, President Donald Trump gave police officers nationwide a green light to engage in violence against suspects...
“When you see these towns, and you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon—you just see ‘em thrown in, rough. I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice,’” Trump said. “Like when you guys put somebody in the car, and you’re protecting their head—the way you put the hand over—like, don’t hit their head, and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head? I said, ‘You can take the hand away, okay.’”-------------------------------------
|In a familiar pose, Trump is seen digging himself into a hole from which there is no easy escape.|