Here's @peterbakernyt and me on Trump being brought to the bunker below the WH on Friday evening as the protests grew closer to the complex https://t.co/Iqi4vhLr9b— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 3, 2020
Yeah, need to start there, because interestingly, Trump never called the trip to the bunker "FAKE NEWS!". Now he can't:
Don't throw away that shovel yet!The president confirms our story that he was in the bunker but says he was there for something else and at a different time of day https://t.co/HlFs0mdGYP— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 3, 2020
Members of his family also went https://t.co/j5Fm5VzGvH— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 3, 2020
Waiting for the explanation of the White House lights going dark. They blew a fuse and were all out until the stores opened in the morning?
But the thugs! The violence!President Trump on Fox News Radio just said he did not go to the White House bunker on Friday night as protests unfolded just outside the White House. He said he went during the daytime to “inspect” the shelter “for a very short period of time.”— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) June 3, 2020
If you watch Fake News @CNN or MSDNC, you would think that the killers, terrorists, arsonists, anarchists, thugs, hoodlums, looters, ANTIFA & others, would be the nicest, kindest most wonderful people in the Whole Wide World. No, they are what they are - very bad for our Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
A quiet, intense, church-like atmosphere as protesters take turns speaking at the front of a group of roughly 50, nearly two hours past curfew in Oakland. pic.twitter.com/HN6PaWOmi3— Jacob Ward (@byjacobward) June 3, 2020
Control, not crackdown:
A very different end to the evening in New York City tonight.— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) June 3, 2020
The earlier curfew, widespread boarding up of doors / windows, and the decision to radically reduce traffic which allowed police to be much more nimble, seems to have clamped down on the chaos of Monday night.
Even in Dallas:Scene at Inwood is more like block party than a neighborhood in the 2nd night of a curfew and 4th month of a pandemic.— Azi™ (@Azi) June 3, 2020
Part of the reason is local residents worked w/ police, top priority being to avoid looting.
Locals are using armbands to identify who is from the area. pic.twitter.com/fYmPRdTWWZ
Dallas Police taking a much more different approach tonight during #DallasProtests Communicated curfew ordinance through evening with emergency alerts. No LE in militarized uniform deployed nearby demonstration that's now outside a curfew zone. https://t.co/SeT1CcQfy7— Cassandra Jaramillo (@cassandrajar) June 3, 2020
(AP) New—Documents reviewed by AP show that if the National Guard can’t secure DC, 82nd will be deployed into DCA to secure WH complex, monuments, etc. Also, an update on #bayonets - soldiers have been told they won’t need them and have packed them away. https://t.co/ArVvwPwUGe— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) June 3, 2020
After threatening states that he would dispatch the military to quell protests, President Donald Trump appeared to be privately backing off, with White House officials saying the response to demonstrations across the country indicated that local governments should be able to restore order themselves.
Honestly, who didn't see that coming?
The shift came as protests in Washington and other cities over police brutality against minorities proceeded Tuesday with relative calm, a striking contrast to the harsh crackdowns outside the White House on Monday night. The president wanted to make the aggressive action in the nation’s capital an example for the rest of the country, a senior White House official said Tuesday.
Well, Trump can control D.C. He can't control the states, not even under the Insurrection Act. Besides, he'd have to take responsibility if he imposed "I". That's never gonna happen. So what's next?
“I don’t know if there is a heck of a lot [Trump] can do to inform people about himself or substantially change his numbers particularly on favorability,” said Danny Diaz, who ran Jeb Bush’s 2016 campaign, making him acutely aware of the arrows coming Biden’s way. “I think the play is a clear one and an uncomplicated one. It’s one that’s been run before. And it’s to absolutely take apart the Biden campaign between now and Election Day, period.”Yeah, I don't think that's going to work out too well, either, especially after Lafayette Park:
The throw-it-all-against-the-wall approach, Republicans say, will be unrelenting, personal, and not always coherent. Trump and his team and allies plan to cast for former VP as a cynical D.C. insider who cut international deals to benefit his own family, but also as a clueless dupe, incapable of completing sentences and haplessly manipulated by the radicals in the ranks of his campaign. On Tuesday alone, President Trump and his political team portrayed Biden as weak on crime and in league with violent demonstrators, but also also as a callous, tough-on-crime drug warrior determined to incarcerate the very people for whom demonstrators are rallying.
Plans are being discussed for Joe Biden to attend George Floyd's funeral https://t.co/RTfL7T3Fq1 pic.twitter.com/oKrJs0g4Hw— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 3, 2020
And keep in mind, heavy voter turnout is not Trump's friend:
People often dismiss protesters by saying they should just vote. Today, thousands of D.C. voters, many black, waited hours to cast ballots in a presidential primary that's effectively over and even in districts without competitive races https://t.co/UwQosq2k42— Fenit Nirappil (@FenitN) June 3, 2020