Few irritants rile up Democrats more than a tweet from President Donald Trump. Daily postings of his streams of thought have become a staple campaign issue and fodder for daily gripes.
Fox News contributor Leslie Marshall ranted Friday that “Americans are tired of the tweeter-in-chief’s constant whining. They want a president focused on our nation, not a narcissist focused on airing his personal grievances.”
She blamed the president for fanning “the flames of division and conflict between Americans.”
Trump’s May 29 tweet of the phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” set off a still-reverberating round of attacks. It referenced a 1967 quote from former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley during a civil rights protest.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has reportedly taken a stand, censoring the president and adding meaningless “fact checks,” but that will not appease Democrats. They have been waging a nearly five-year war to silence the president on Twitter. Their ultimate goal is to get him completely removed from the platform.
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan clutched their pearls, complaining in a Tuesday email that they were “deeply shaken and disgusted by his divisive and incendiary rhetoric.”
“This is an extraordinarily painful inflection point in our nation’s story, particularly for the Black community and our Black colleagues, who have lived with the impacts of systemic racism for generations,” they wrote.
His Thursday tweet regarding the militant takeover of six blocks of downtown Seattle, including the East Precinct police station, has sparked a fresh round of recriminations. Protesters renamed it the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), declaring it “free of uniformed police.”
The armed occupiers have been expressing their anger over George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes.
Mayor Jenny Durkan was incensed that Trump labeled them “ugly anarchists” even though they threw objects and projectiles into the police line and pointed lasers into the eyes of police and National Guard members.
They also threw Molotov cocktails at cars and buildings, threw fireworks at police and injured multiple officers and civilians. They also burned and ransacked law enforcement vehicles.
The mayor fought back claiming the rebels were “lawfully gathering and expressing first amendment rights, demanding we do better as a society and provide true equity for communities of color is not terrorism — it is patriotism.”
“The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone #CHAZ is not a lawless wasteland of anarchist insurrection — it is a peaceful expression of our community’s collective grief and their desire to build a better world. Given his track record, it’s not hard to believe that Trump is wrong, yet again,” she tweeted Thursday.
Police Chief Carmen Best has been fighting bravely for the safety of residents, distancing herself by emphasizing she is not in charge of the politics around the protests.” The decision to cede the police station was not hers, but the mayor’s, she said Thursday.
Best told reporters that 25 cops were injured since the protests began and the occupation has slowed police response time to urgent calls, creating a dangerous situation.
Police told KIRO 7 that demonstrators moved barricades near the police station and threw rocks and “improvised explosives” at officers on several occasions.
Durkan tweeted that there was nothing to see in CHAZ except a “painting of Black Lives Matter along Pine Street, food trucks, spaghetti potlucks, teach-ins, and movies.”
Governor Jay Inslee insisted that the area is “largely peaceful,” and urged residents to be patient, citing the totally unrelated coronavirus pandemic.
“Peaceful protests are fundamentally American, and I am hopeful there will be a peaceful resolution,” he tweeted Thursday.
Another Democrat, Texas congressional candidate Kim Olson, argued during a Tuesday campaign event that snipers on city buildings during a protest in Dallas justified the behavior of looters.
“What the hell you got snipers on the roof for in a peaceful march? Even if people loot, so what?” Olson said. “Burn it to the ground, you know, if that’s what it’s going to take to fix our nation. I know people don’t want me to say that, but I’m just saying.”
Olson is in a congressional runoff election against Democrat Candace Valenzuela for the opportunity to run against Republican Beth Van Duyne for Texas’s 24th Congressional District.
Texas activist Fred McCarty said Olson’s statements reveal how hostile politicians have become to the public and that the effort to appease mobs will never be successful.
“The fact Kim Olson is a retired Air Force colonel is more evidence that every inch of government is infested with individuals hostile to the people they’re supposed to serve,” he said. “Kim Olson is attempting to appease a mob who can never be appeased and further revealing how she and other individuals who call for us to surrender should never be elected to any office.”
Democrats think we are all fools who will drunkenly consume their Kool Aid while they stage armed takeovers of our cities. The media have been citing polling data showing Trump sinking in popularity and his Democratic rival former vice president Joe Biden clobbering him in the presidential race.
It all seems strange and surreal that Americans are embracing anarchists and a senile, ailing man who can’t hold a thought, but November is still months away and a day in politics is a long time, as the saying goes.