Trump’s Failure Of Leadership Clearer Than Ever
June 1, 2020
More than 100,000 Americans are dead, over 40 million have filed for unemployment, and our country is on fire as unrest sweeps the nation. This weekend, Trump’s utter failure of leadership during times of crisis was clearer than ever before.
Trump made no attempt to provide leadership when our nation cried out for it, and instead fueled the fire with tweets as he retreated into the dark.
Washington Post: “As cities burned, Trump stayed silent — other than tweeting fuel on the fire”
Washington Post: “Never in the 1,227 days of Trump’s presidency has the nation seemed to cry out for leadership as it did Sunday, yet Trump made no attempt to provide it.”
Trump and his allies are even looking to spin the nation’s growing unrest and take advantage of it as an opportunity for Trump’s political benefit.
New York Times: “Some in the president’s circle see the escalations as a political boon, much in the way Richard M. Nixon won the presidency on a law-and-order platform after the 1968 riots. One adviser to Mr. Trump, who insisted on anonymity to describe private conversations, said images of widespread destruction could be helpful to the law-and-order message that Mr. Trump has projected since his 2016 campaign.”
CNN: “He has sought political traction for his strongman act by blaming ‘liberal Democrats’ who lead cities and states for failing to halt rioting and looting.”
Trump’s response to what he was doing to address the unrest was to make it all about himself and his reelection, but not actually do anything.
New York Times: “In response to questions about what he was doing to address the tumult, Mr. Trump forwarded a reply through an aide that focused on the upcoming campaign. ‘I’m going to win the election easily,’ the president said.”