During the 2016 election, Donald Trump called himself the “law and order candidate.” And his supporters cheered, because they (falsely) believed that President Obama hated law enforcement. Under President Obama, the Department of Justice took a key role in exposing police abuse and corruption, including shootings, racism, and police brutality. When Trump took office, he reversed all that oversight. From MSNBC:
So what happened? Donald Trump took office, Jeff Sessions became attorney general, and in November 2018, the Republican-led Justice Department went in a dramatically different direction. The New York Times reported at the time that Sessions “drastically limited the ability of federal law enforcement officials to use court-enforced agreements to overhaul local police departments accused of abuses and civil rights violations.” The Justice Department had been using court-approved consent decrees to create blueprints for changing law enforcement, but the Alabama Republican decided to make that far more difficult.
The attorney general added at the time that he hadn’t actually read the Civil Rights Division’s investigative reports on police departments.
As president, Trump dismantled efforts by the Obama administration to hold law enforcement accountable, making police officers like Bob Kroll ecstatic. At Trump’s rally in Minneapolis last year, Bob Kroll, the head of the Minneapolis Police Union, got up on stage wearing his “Cops For Trump” shirt, and said “The Obama administration and the handcuffing and oppression of police was despicable. The first thing President Trump did when he took office was turn that around.“
Earlier today, Donald Trump called himself the “law and order president.” Trump is considering invoking the Insurrection Act, which would allow active military to deploy to cities across the country. Tom Cotton, a Tea Party senator, posted on Twitter “And, if necessary, the 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, 1st Cav, 3rd Infantry—whatever it takes to restore order. No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters.“
Keep in mind that Donald Trump supported armed white militia who stormed the Michigan capitol. Trump supported 800 armed white Minnesotans who protested outside the governor’s house. And Trump has been tweeting, all in caps, the need to “liberate” states whose leaders are refusing to loosen COVID-19 restrictions.
We’re constantly told by Trump supporters that he is absolutely not racist, even though he was sued twice by the DOJ for refusing to rent apartments to black people. Trump didn’t bat an eye during Charlottesville until forced, he still believes the Central Park Five are guilty, and during his campaign, he used incredibly violent and incendiary language to describe what should happen to black protesters at his rallies.
Minutes ago, Trump had peaceful protesters shot with rubber bullets and tear gassed so he could get a photo op at a church.
Donald Trump’s law and order is racist, vile, violent, and morally repugnant. Anyone who still supports this monstrous man is racist and vile as well. Watch this video. Listen to Trump’s words. He is not the first white man to use black people’s bodies to boost his own ego. But if we don’t turn away, if we don’t forget, perhaps Donald Trump will be the last.