President Donald Trump has been absent as a leader amid a national crisis, refusing to directly address the country as major cities are consumed by unrest over the police killing of George Floyd.
Trump hid in a White House bunker amid protests over the weekend, and the lights at the presidential residence were turned off.
Meanwhile, Trump blasted governors via tweets, while offering no substantive solutions to the current crisis.
The president has essentially left the country without a leader during an unprecented era, as racial tensions and a devastating pandemic collide on America’s streets.
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Virtually every major city in the US has been consumed by protests for nearly a week, following the brutal death of George Floyd after a police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes. There have been fires in the streets and many cities instituted curfews. Law enforcement has responded to the demonstrations against police violence with more force in many cases, using tear gas, rubber bullets, and batons on protesters, bystanders, and journalists in some cases. Over half of the country’s governors have called in the National Guard. And more than 4,000 were arrested over the weekend alone as Americans expressed their outrage over police brutality and systemic racism in the US.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump retreated to a White House security bunker amid the demonstrations on Friday, and spent the weekend fanning the flames of division via Twitter. On Sunday, the lights at the White House were turned off as protests raged on outside. It was symbolic of Trump’s complete absence as a leader during this national crisis, which is occurring amid a pandemic that was exacerbated by the president’s lack of preparation, minimizing, and inconsistency.
The White House is still there, but it seems as if no one is home.
Lights out at the White House pic.twitter.com/FcKHfA1bg9
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) June 1, 2020
“Trump has yet to show ANY leadership in regards to addressing the issues of our communities,” The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said on Monday.
Though the present situation is unprecedented in many ways, it’s common for presidents to deliver televised statements to the nation during crises of this magnitude in an attempt to induce calm.
In 1963, as Birmingham, Alabama, emerged as a focal point of the Civil Rights Movement, the city was consumed by protests and rioting after a bomb went off outside of a motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was staying. The rioting eventually spread to other cities in the South, as well as many in the North. Racial tensions in the US were reaching new heights.
After Alabama Gov. George Wallace attempted to block black students from entering the University of Alabama in June of that year, President John F. Kennedy decided that enough was enough and delivered a speech to the nation on civil rights.
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