Trump’s Belated Message of Peace and Unity Makes You Wonder Where This President Has Been the Last Four Years
Apparently it took two impeachments to make Donald Trump presidential. Watching the five-minute message of peace and unity that the White House released this evening, many Americans will be inclined to wonder: Where has this guy been for the last four years, and especially last week?
“The incursion of the U.S. Capitol struck at the very heart of our republic,” Trump says. “It angered and appalled millions of Americans across the political spectrum. I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week.”
Then Trump adds these words, which might have had a calming influence had they been spoken on the day the Capitol was invaded by hundreds of irate Trump supporters:
Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement. Making America great again has always been about defending the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement, and upholding our nation’s most sacred traditions and values. Violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for.
No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence. No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag. No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans. If you do any of these things, you are not supporting our movement. You are attacking it, and you are attacking our country.
Looking forward, Trump urges everyone who participates in upcoming demonstrations on his behalf to do so peacefully. “Every American deserves to have their voice heard in a peaceful and respectful way,” he says. “That is your First Amendment right. But I cannot emphasize [enough] that there must be no violence, no lawbreaking, and no vandalism of any kind.”
Trump being Trump, he cannot resist an allusion to left-wing violence, along with criticism of “the unprecedented assault on free speech” epitomized by his own eviction from Twitter and Facebook. But he is evenhanded in his prescriptions.
“We have seen too many riots, too many mobs, too many acts of intimidation and destruction,” Trump says. “It must stop. Whether you are on the r
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