Wednesday, June 3, 2020

A Trumpian Charade

The US may be bedevilled by protests sweeping through more than 75 cities – but Donald Trump (left), being the showman that he is, can be expected to deliver us sideshows. 

Washington DC has not been spared from the unrest that has rocked the rest of the country. 

Over at Lafayette Park which is located directly north of the White House, noisy protesters have converged there to make their point. I wouldn't discount the fact that they could've created such a raucous racket that it could have possibly rattled Trump.

I guess things came to a head on Friday because Secret Service agents bundled their Commander-in-Chief into the bunker – designed for use in emergencies like terrorist attacks – where for nearly an hour, he was in hiding! 

The outcome of that must have made him realize that there was a threat. That would have made him shit scared about his personal safety so much so that security at the White House was beefed up by the National Guard and additional personnel from the Secret Service and the US Park Police. 

Still, he wasn’t sufficiently placated and more reinforcements were summoned on Sunday. The Justice Department deployed members of the US Marshals Service and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration to supplement the phalanx of muscles that ringed the White House. 

On Monday, he managed to retrieve a wee bit of courage – and he staged a televised walk to St. John's Episcopal Church in nearby Lafayette Square. I suppose, the intention was to demonstrate that he wasn’t, in the least, afraid.

But just to be sure that he wasn’t in any danger, his minders discharged a heavy barrage of teargas, rubber bullets and flash-bangs to not only clear the area of protesters – but to accord Trump the total freedom to cross the street from the White House. 

At the house of worship, Trump held aloft a Bible and posed for cameras.

A sham, that was what it is. He was being a first-class phony  he wasn’t there to worship. The church and the bible were merely props for a highly choreographed caper that provided him with a presidential photo opportunity.

It was a purely political stunt to appeal to his Christian base, to show his affiliation. FYI, in 2016, Trump won 81% of white evangelical votes – and he knows that category of voters is critical to his re-election. The photo-op was nothing more than a Trumpian charade.
The Episcopal bishop of Washington DC, Mariann Budde (left), was predictably outraged. 

She wasn’t shy to express her indignation and ire: “Let me be clear, the President just used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese, without permission, as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus”. 

And she added: “We align ourselves with those seeking justice for the death of George Floyd and countless others”. 

That may be so but it is not as if Trump cares two hoots. 

Who would dare deny him his liberty to take a photo if that is what he wants? Even if force is to be applied, so be it. Besides, HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE US OF A. 

After all, isn’t America the land of the free? Trump is merely exercising his freedom, LOL!

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