Asked why he should be spending time going after Chris Cuomo and Joe Scarborough while there are so many big problems happening, Trump says, "I just do it. You know, people hit me, I hit back. I fight."— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) June 3, 2020
And gee, I wonder why people are in the streets while the pandemic still rages?
Interviews with nearly 60 officials show that many of the first coronavirus testing sites went up in areas that happened to be whiter and more affluent, despite the requests of black leaders. By @newsbysamuels @aboutaaron @TracyJan @jdelreal https://t.co/JpjcJWv20d pic.twitter.com/X3aTbB18Ft— Andrew Ba Tran (@abtran) June 3, 2020
John Kenneth Galbraith told a story of being on a board of economic advisors during World War II, and the people who would come to plead special needs. The people on the board developed a hand-signal of waving two fingers in imitation of insect antennae. It came from a story about ants rolling a ball of shit down to the mound, and it getting away from them and careening off on it's own. The waggling was the antennae as the ants communicated to each other: "Stop this shit."
Citing an ongoing inquiry, Defense Secretary Mark Esper declines to comment on the use of a medevac helicopter in Washington.— David Gura (@davidgura) June 3, 2020
When a reporter says it was used to intimidate protestors, he says he got a report it was used to inspect a National Guard checkpoint.
My fingers start to twitch when I read things like that.
life imitating snark pic.twitter.com/spQcvxqZ5G— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) June 3, 2020
Will Trump be able to focus long enough to paint Biden as a weak sister who sympathizes with violent people? And will that come before or after he demands violence on Americans again?
BIG: Defense Secretary Esper says active duty forces should only be used "as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire situations."— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) June 3, 2020
"I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act," Esper says -- DIRECTLY contradicting the President
We have two safeguards in place against the collapse of order some reports fear: 1) Trump is a bellicose coward who doesn't have the organizational skills to mount a two-car funeral procession, much less a nationwide military take over of the states. 2) the states retain their sovereignty, and any order to march into them to restore order would prompt a Constitutional crisis the military would not want to get in the middle of (D.C. is different, and even Trump couldn't get tanks on the streets there).
Remarkable Style front today, & what a main headline on @PhilipKennicott's piece. "...all he seemed to say was: I am master of this patch of sidewalk, flanked by boarded-up buildings, emptied of the people who gather here to participate in democracy." https://t.co/b6qfGtgGU0 pic.twitter.com/Z6ToKJBr41— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) June 3, 2020
And if Biden attends the George Floyd funeral, do the compare/contrast.