Reports emerged over the weekend that Trump was briefly taken to the White House bunker on Friday due to protests in nearby Lafayette Park. The protests continued all weekend. Last night, the exterior lights were turned off at the White House. Can’t remember that ever happening before.* I think this guy nailed it:
This is a resignation. It should be taken as a resignation. If your country is in crisis, your cities are burning, your police forces are assaulting, murdering, and kidnapping people, and you turn the lights off and hide? You’re not the President. You’ve resigned your duties. pic.twitter.com/VGtIaOVdtO
— Paul Fischer (@tencents77) June 1, 2020
True in every sense but the technical one, which is unfortunately what counts. So, we’ll be slogging through this multi-faceted catastrophe for the next several months, essentially leaderless and except where hindered by a toxic orange internet troll, while Trump’s Republican enablers continue the smash-and-grab.
From The 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.
That was by design. Trump and some of his advisers calculated that he should not speak to the nation because he had nothing new to say and had no tangible policy or action to announce yet, according to a senior administration official. Evidently not feeling an urgent motivation Sunday to try to bring people together, he stayed silent.
The loudest mouth in the country wasn’t completely silent yesterday evening: Trump tweet-screamed “FAKE NEWS” and “LAW & ORDER.” But it seemed a bit pro forma, to be honest. He’s said nothing for hours, possibly because Kellyanne and Ivanka each have a hold on one tiny thumb.
Overnight, the #BunkerTrump hashtag was trending on Twitter. There’s nothing worse for a bully than to be revealed as a chickenshit, so the coward will probably amp up the tough guy talk today at some point. Political advisors are split on how Trump should respond, according to The Post:
Some on Trump’s reelection campaign team, as well as some White House staffers, have been pushing for the president to deliver an Oval Office address, and he could decide to do so later in the week. But aides first want him to embark on a listening tour of sorts to develop constructive ideas, according to a senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal plans.
Listening? Ideas? What a fucking joke. Trump is still smarting from the “bad reviews” he got for the disastrous Oval Office address on COVID-19, so it’ll be a challenge for Jared to make him sit still for 10 minutes and recite words off the teleprompter.
I can only think of two words that would be helpful right now: “I resign.”
He wouldn’t even need a goddamn teleprompter for that. Just quit and fucking go away and let us begin the work of de-Trumpification. It will be a multi-generational task.
*Duff the Baker confirmed my suspicions about the unprecedented nature of the White House’s lack of exterior lighting last night:
I have never seen this in my entire life. I lived in DC and worked at a restaurant two blocks from here and rode my bike by the White House every night at around 2am. The lights were always on. This absolutely sums up this administration. Nobody’s home. https://t.co/Uk2rhxE1Wj pic.twitter.com/ACjZtaaRPR
— Duff Goldman (@duffgoldman) June 1, 2020
What a wondrous time it must be for Team Blue political ad designers, with the symbolism pouring down like rain and all. Open thread.