I know we are full of faith in the promise of tomorrow, but I also know that to get to tomorrow, we must fight today.
Honored to spend the morning with worshipers at Victory Baptist Church in Las Vegas, who understand the importance of speaking up and speaking out against hate. pic.twitter.com/MfnqZIC5CJ
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 4, 2019
Dems have been calling Trump "racist" before now, but you definitely see a dam breaking post El Paso. This Warren clip, for example, happened days ago, but it's now being piled on top of her (standard Dem) call for gun control. https://t.co/PN0WEsHS6t
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 4, 2019
This weekend merely highlights a hard truth: since 2017 the United States has lacked a proper head of state. https://t.co/Et6aDyPujZ
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) August 5, 2019
… These are moments when a president can and should attempt to use their bully pulpit to reassure the nation that as the country mourns, action will be taken. As president, Barack Obama was asked to do this all too often. Most of the time he was brilliant at it; sometimes he faltered. The important thing is the man tried every time. Obama understood his function during these moments of trauma, and endeavored to speak for all Americans at such times. Obama was hardly unique; with the occasional exception, the 42 men who preceded him performed the same function.
Commentators can debate all day about President Trump’s performance as the head of government, but there is a rare degree of unanimity that the 45th president is not just a bad head of state; he is essentially incapable of performing that function. This had been clear long before this weekend…
… Trump was completely missing in action this weekend — except for Twitter. On that platform, he tried to mimic what a head of state would say, but it came across as tone-deaf…
The growth of homegrown white nationalism preceded Trump, but his administration has made the problem worse with its rhetoric and staffing decisions. There will and should be debates about the best set of policies to cope with this burgeoning problem. Maybe something will get done; maybe the people acting as impediments to doing something will be voted out.
For now, however, what matters is that America is hurting. Unfortunately, we lack a leader with the ability to serve as a head of state. We have a man who cannot comprehend grieving. All he understands is grievance.
The fundamental reason there’s violence is because Trump is doing what he said he would and the country still isn’t all white. For a radical racist who wants an all white country, what else is there to do
— Hedge Fund with Class Character (@MenshevikM) August 4, 2019
To many people, Trump and the GOP now look like the "state sponsor" of this stochastic terrorism. The institutional figures encouraging a breakdown of Public Order.
And I think that could have electoral consequences come next fall.
— Noah Smith ?? (@Noahpinion) August 4, 2019