The White House was unable to produce answers as to why Dallas’ police chief, sheriff, and district attorney- ALL of whom are African American – were not invited to Trump’s address on the police, and Injustice, in their city, Dallas. pic.twitter.com/HtaIehMw9t
— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) June 12, 2020
… Because he had a $10 million private fundraiser scheduled at the home of “the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, one of the nation’s largest pipeline companies” — and he certainly wasn’t gonna pay for the flight down there himself.
In this clip you can see the difference in the crowds that are out here today. pic.twitter.com/z1Ma7q1L8V
— Brian Lopez 🏡 (@Brian_L8) June 11, 2020
So far so anodyne, according to the Dallas News:
At a discussion in Dallas on race and policing, President Donald Trump recommitted himself Thursday to a policy that police should “dominate the streets,” a stance that has alarmed minority advocates fighting to tamp down the use of force after a police killing in Minneapolis.
The White House took heat for excluding the county’s three top law enforcement officials, who are all black, from an event that at times felt much like a campaign rally, albeit far smaller than usual for Trump…
The president drew cheers time and again from hundreds of supporters at Gateway Church as he forcefully rejected complaints about widespread police brutality and mocked “radical efforts to defund, dismantle and disband the police.”
“You always have a bad apple. No matter where you go you have bad apples, and there are not too many of them … in the police department,” he said. “What happens late at night when you make that call to 911 and there’s nobody there? What do you? What are you doing, whether you’re white or black or anybody else? … There is no opportunity without safety.”…
Hundreds of guests attended the event at Gateway Church’s campus in North Dallas, in one of the city’s more affluent areas.
Gateway is a conservative evangelical megachurch, one of the nation’s largest, with half a dozen campuses in the area and a mostly white congregation. A senior White House official rejected the suggestion that it was a strange choice for a conversation on “disparities” and “underserved communities.”
“Everyone cares about these communities. And this is about bringing people together from all walks,” the official said.
Outside the church, police barricades separated several hundred Black Lives Matter supporters from a few dozen Trump supporters. Shouts and vitriolic insults crossed the divide in both directions…
The (more than usually) scary part was the tangle of words emerging from the Squatter-in-Chief:
just like the coronavirus! https://t.co/Ii4kNiJiZu
— kilgore trout, potato thief (@KT_So_It_Goes) June 11, 2020
If this isn’t senile dementia, it’ll do until a more granular explanation emerges…
Trump: Sometimes you’ll see a building that costs less money than another building that costs more because the one that built the one that costs more, this one looks better. The one that’s cheaper looks better. They say how much more did you spend for that building. pic.twitter.com/xFfybBg4J2
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 11, 2020
Earlier today, Trump described the brutalizing of peaceful protestors as “beautiful”.
None of this is beautiful. We need to get rid of this #UglyPresident
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) June 12, 2020