Contained in the White Home Rose Backyard, Donald Trump was concurrently declaring himself the “president of legislation and order” and promising that “thousands and hundreds of closely armed troopers, army personnel and legislation enforcement officers” could be deployed to cease the rioting and looting. Trump then exited the White Home and shuffled throughout a cleared sq. of the park flanked by an entourage of Secret Service brokers and the nation’s high army and legislation enforcement officers, together with Lawyer Normal William Barr, Secretary of Protection Mark Esper, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, who was wearing fight fatigues fairly than the gown uniformed all the time donned by active-duty army officers visiting the White Home.
Trump seemed like a buffoon however the message was clear: He was declaring struggle on the constitutionally assured proper of The Folks to peaceably assemble. And Barr, Esper, and Milley have been all there to assist prop up draft dodger Trump’s present of of drive.
As soon as the opinions have been in, nevertheless, everybody however Barr shortly made flimsy efforts to distance themselves from one of many principally deeply un-American abuses of energy by a president in trendy reminiscence.
Esper and Milley deployed a Pentagon spokesperson on background to assert they’d no concept they have been getting used as props in Trump’s militaristic fantasy. Actually, an nameless DOD official was the most effective they may do to disavow their involvement? That’s simply pathetic. If they’d any integrity in any respect, they might maintain a press convention or, on the very least, challenge a joint assertion. Till they do, complicit. Interval.
Park police equally lied concerning the occasion, claiming they hadn’t deployed tear fuel, when everybody on the scene was completely clear that tear fuel was precisely what had been hurled at them.
The one participant who was overtly giddy about the whole episode was Barr, who issued an announcement Tuesday calling the earlier night “a extra peaceable night time” and thanking Esper and Milley by title for his or her “help.” Barr personally ordered the violent assault on the protesters, based on reporting from the Washington Submit.
“There will likely be even better legislation enforcement assets and help within the area tonight,” Barr ominously promised in his assertion.
U.S. legislation enforcement officers have positioned themselves clearly and indisputably on the facet of authoritarianism. Godspeed to all peaceable protesters tonight.