Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing! Washington (CNN)For Donald Trump’s America-on-fire campaign strategy to work, he needs violence to boil in cities right up until Election Day, or at least for enough voters to believe the nation is spiraling into an abyss of chaos and savagery.
That brought the extraordinary spectacle Monday of a president — who would by tradition call for calm at a time of civic unrest — justifying violence by his supporters and all but excusing a pro-Trump vigilante who allegedly killed two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. At the same time, in the White House briefing room, he minimized police brutality against African Americans that sparked a summer of protest and agony. In a Fox News interview, the President callously compared police officers who shoot Black men in the back to professional golfers who “choke” over a three-foot putt. His word choice was particularly ugly given the death of George Floyd, who stopped breathing with a police officer’s knee on his neck in Minnesota in May.
Trump’s inflammatory behavior on Monday came on a day that could come to be seen as critical for the destiny of the White House after Democratic nominee Joe Biden launched a counterattack, warning no one was safe in “Trump’s America” — which he said was hobbled by disease and fear.