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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, June 01, 2020

Steve Benen: The United States has experienced countless challenges and crises, testing leaders, their mettle, and their capacity to at least try to help guide the nation through painful times. But it's difficult to find a modern historical parallel for the scale of the disconnect between the times and the chief executive responsible for helping steer the country.

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At various points in his presidency, Trump has been asked about what, if anything, he could do to help bring Americans together. In every instance, he acted as if he didn't understand the question.

In other words, when asked about efforts to unify, Trump instinctively divides. Even divisive leaders generally try to keep up appearances, and answer questions about bringing people together with vague platitudes about shared principles, but the current U.S. leader hasn't bothered with the pretense: the president has no intention of bridging divides or healing wounds, and he doesn't see the point of pretending otherwise.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) told the AP, "President Trump was not built for times like this."

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-01 08:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"the president has no intention of bridging divides or healing wounds"

Trump watches others fight on the sidelines, perpetually plotting how he can use them to his advantage.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2020-06-01 08:48 AM | Reply

Trump's rollback of all the things Obama did helped create "times like this."

Whats happening now has always been the goal of this administration.

#3 | Posted by qcp at 2020-06-01 08:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

What exactly was Trump built for? A flapjack eating contest?

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2020-06-01 08:57 AM | Reply | Funny: 6 | Newsworthy 1

#4 For being a reality TV tough guy and for name-calling twitter wars.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-06-01 09:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

What exactly was Trump built for?

#4 | POSTED BY ZED

Prison. The bottom bunk. He was built to work in the laundry folding clothes.

Apparently.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-06-01 11:01 AM | Reply

Trump's rollback of all the things Obama did helped create "times like this."

"In a statement released Sept. 15, (2017) the DOJ said it would significantly scale back its Collaborative Reform Initiative, effectively putting an end to federal efforts to reform local police departments and improve police-community relations. Instead, the Justice Department will focus on providing more direct support to officers fighting gangs, drugs and violent crime as well as those dealing with protests."

www.governing.com

Trumpy threw out Obama's plan to reform the police after the Ferguson riots.

Remember the Ferguson Riots?

We have been here before. We made a plan. The stable genius threw it out.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-06-01 11:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

Trump endorses police brutality
"When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, and I said, Please don't be too nice,' " Trump told the audience of law enforcement officers at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, N.Y.

"Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put their 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, OK?' "

The Presidents' words matter. Even if they are gibberish.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-06-01 11:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

The President's words matter. That's right D.

#9 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-06-01 02:44 PM | Reply

I personally don't have a problem with Cheatolini cowering in his bunker right now since anything he does would be more harmful than helpful.

Let the professionals clean up this mess which he helped create.

#10 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-06-01 03:36 PM | Reply

"Trump simply seems to have given up on the job. He's had no policy on the pandemic for about a month now. He basically has no policy on recovering from the economic calamity. And he has no policy to deal with the police violence, demonstrations and the rest of the upheaval that has gripped the nation for the past week."

Jonathan Bernstein

"[T]here is no plan from the president who warned against 'American Carnage' -- the carnage and chaos we are living through now. Not the pandemic, not the economic crisis, not societal inequities, not predatory policing, not the protests in Minnesota, nothing except to make it all worse."

Chris Hayes

When Congress required the White House to produce a national testing strategy on the coronavirus, Trump and his team responded with a document that effectively dumped the problem on governors. When reporters asked the president for his economic plan, he acted as if he barely understood the question.

Pushed to have some kind of constructive response to widespread protests, Trump seems to have gone out of his way to make matters worse.

Americans are confronting a public-health crisis, an economic crisis, and a justice crisis, but stepping back, there's also an overarching governing crisis.

Steve Benen

#11 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-01 03:59 PM | Reply

Meanwhile Trump supporters like my supervisor are agreeing with him and saying stuff like "well, start shooting the looters and it will stop." No attempt to think about the underlying issues that caused the protest in the first place no thought about how protesters might respond to being shot.

They claim to be fine with the protesting just not the violence but when it comes down to it they make no separation in their minds between the protesters and the looters or how escalation by the police can turn one into the other.

#12 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2020-06-01 04:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

donald is turning into an interesting blend of Tony Montana and Captain Queeg.

#13 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-06-01 04:22 PM | Reply

Houston Police Chief @ArtAcevedo: "Let me just say this to the President of the United States, on behalf of the police chiefs of this country: please, if you don't have something constructive to say, keep your mouth shut."

twitter.com

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-06-01 04:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The division and lack of a "plan" is not a bug. It's a feature. Trump is likely going to keep people as divided as possible up to the election so he can have a willing army of followers who will riot when he loses in a landslide due to "cheating" and "Massive voter fraud."

#15 | Posted by ND_Perspective at 2020-06-02 09:33 AM | Reply

"Meanwhile Trump supporters like my supervisor are agreeing with him and saying stuff like "well, start shooting the looters and it will stop."

He is wrong. That would cause huge protests far larger than anything these have ever witnessed. If he wants to see hundreds of thousands of protesters on the street then start shooting protesters. The people saying things like that are unAmerican, they don't even believe in our rights yet they wave flags and pretend to be patriots. I've always referred to them as "flag waving fools." If you wear a flag pin you are one of them. Obama's lowest moment, IMHO, was when he gave in to right wing critics and put a flag pin on his lapel. I believe in patriotism but I don't believe in symbollic patriotism which is really just hypocrisy.

#16 | Posted by danni at 2020-06-02 09:45 AM | Reply

What was this POS built for, beyond defrauding everyone he comes into contact with and paying for sex?

#17 | Posted by JOE at 2020-06-02 10:09 AM | Reply

Tell me, who was?

#18 | Posted by Sniper at 2020-06-02 01:03 PM | Reply

anyone else.

#19 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2020-06-02 01:09 PM | Reply

Tell me, who was?

#18 | POSTED BY SNIPER

A monkey.

My dog.

A rock.

A crap sandwich.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-06-02 01:45 PM | Reply

"Instead, the Justice Department will focus on providing more direct support to officers fighting gangs, drugs and violent crime as well as those dealing with protests."

In Trump's America,

gangs,
drugs,
violent crime, and
protests

all get lumped together.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-02 04:18 PM | Reply

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