Thursday, June 4, 2020

These Men Committed Crimes Against Humanity

Make no mistake about it. When William Barr ordered that the area around St. John's Church should be "cleared" for Trump, it was a crime against humanity.
Attorney General William Barr defended the shocking use of force on peaceful protesters outside the White House Monday, saying at a news conference on Thursday that difficulties with relocating authorities earlier in the day had forced the clash.
Flanked by federal law enforcement leaders at the Justice Department in his first public remarks since the extraordinary episode, Barr maintained that his decision to disperse the crowd followed signs that the crowd was "becoming increasingly unruly" and had nothing to do with a photo-op staged by President Donald Trump at a nearby church that took place minutes later.
"There was no correlation between our tactical plan of moving the perimeter out by one block and the President's going over to the church," Barr said.
The explanation came after criticism had mounted over the situation, with lawmakers and public figures, including the President's first defense chief, Jim Mattis, decrying the violent spectacle.
Peaceably assembled Americans were violently assaulted on Barr's orders. This is not some abstract thing that can be excused away or considered a "minor blip" in our quest to hold the Trump Regime accountable. It was a criminal act.

I love the Democratic Party, but I am going to raise holy hell if, at some point, we do not address what Barr ordered and what happened to the Americans who were exercising their First Amendment rights of protest. If we sweep this under the rug and do nothing if Trump is thrown out of office, we will be giving every future American president the green light to use physical violence to intimidate and harass the American people.

This is one of those moments where we should take stock of the fact that we have an Attorney General who is so venal and corrupt as to be a walking, talking violation of everything we believe in.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

War Porn

So, what happened today?

Trump had the area around the White House cleared so that he could take this photo. It is, without getting too graphic, a perfect example of an image of "war porn" as you're ever going to see. It is designed to flatter the vanity of the dictator and make him look powerful and strong.

These doughy, overly serious looking men are flanked by blonde women and tough guy security forces. You can see a little diversity creeping in, but barely. They have hapless General Mark Milley in his Battle Dress Uniform because having him out there in his Class A uniform would be considered too weak, of course. If General Milley had a shred of dignity or pride, he would have resigned months ago. For him to participate in a Trump campaign photo op is embarrassing. 

This image of war porn is, of course, just campaign paraphernalia from the Trump organization. It's an abuse of power. 

You're witnessing the creation of a myth. 

The myth is that Trump is surrounded by competent people. He is not. He is surrounded by lawless sycophants. 

The myth is that he is a strong man. No, he's a #BunkerBitch, a man who cowers in fear when Americans gather around him to protest. 

The myth is that he is there to protect his blonde young women. Nothing could be more ridiculous. It's another dog whistle that he's blowing to his racist followers -- look at me and my property. 

Here's the wide angle shot, staged with the same slapdash urgency of a White House that couldn't organize a one car parade.

Looks like a future perp walk to me. We will need a modern-day equivalent of the Nuremberg Trials when we reach the point where we can reckon with all of the damage these people have done to our country.

Here's the reality of today's dog and pony show.

Photo by Doug Mills, NYT