Audio of Donald Trump's phone call with governors has gotten out, and it's a master class in fascism begetting more fascism. As John King and Kaitlan Collins discussed, he "lashed out" at the governors, calling them weak, and saying their inaction was making them the "laughing stock of the world." The solution? Cracking down even harder on the protesters, of course.
It's hard to know what's more disturbing about this: the projection, which is the GOP's political reflex when faced with absolutely everything repulsive about themselves; the fact that he is calling for MORE police and National Guard violence against protesters, who are out there peacefully protesting police violence; the possibility that Trump doesn't even seem to realize that the police and National Guard have indeed already been responding with a great deal of brutality and violence; or the possibility that he realizes that and wants EVEN MORE of it. But hey! This is America! Why do we have to choose? We can have all of these nightmare scenarios at once.
Here are some of the Diaper Dictator's words, followed by a dose of reality:
Is this not dominant enough for you, Trump?
Here is the overhead... pic.twitter.com/US6Qqhkz3O
— Rob Bennett 🤠 (@rob_bennett) May 31, 2020
That was New York. This is Los Angeles.
— J (@oh_jazzio) May 31, 2020
Perhaps this is more his speed:
Salt Lake City cops shove down an elderly man with a cane for the crime of standing along the street: pic.twitter.com/PCLkHqQtJg
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 31, 2020
In case police shoving old men with canes doesn't get his rocks off, maybe he'd prefer macing small girls?
Scene from Seattle protest: Girl hit by pepper spray.
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) May 31, 2020
Or elderly Black women? Does her being a U.S. Congresswoman get the police extra points with Trump?
VIDEO: U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Ohio being pepper sprayed by Columbus Police during protest
— Tim Ryan Renaud (@TimWCBD) May 30, 2020
Are we allowed to sit on our own porches anymore?
Share widely: National guard and MPD sweeping our residential street. Shooting paint canisters at us on our own front porch. Yelling “light em up” #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeForGeorge #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/bW48imyt55
— Tanya Kerssen (@tkerssen) May 31, 2020
All this, and Trump thinks the police and governors aren't dominant enough? That they're the laughing stock? Again. Tyranny, fascism, and projection. As if Trump isn't the one who's truly the laughing stock, hiding scared in the dark basement of the White House, with the all the outside lights turned off (which apparently only happens when a president dies.)
What if the presidency dies?
— Timothy Ashley (@tim_ashley) June 1, 2020
This is what Trump has always wanted. His entire life. Complete domination. Enough white people in this country gave him the keys to the government to use the nation's military and police forces to do it.
Tom Cotton, Matt Gaetz, and Donald Trump are all today normalizing the idea of mass, state violence against Americans today. Understand what they are doing. It's not about denouncing protestors, it's about normalizing coming violence against us.
— Stephen Miles (@SPMiles42) June 1, 2020