Responding to the protests outside the White House on Thursday night, President Donald Trump didn’t mince words.
“Protesters. You know what I say? ‘Protesters, your a**!’ I don’t talk about my a**,” Trump said on Friday, according to Breitbart. “Those are anarchists, agitators, rioters, and looters.”
What’s he talking about?
Hundreds of people gathered outside of the White House Thursday night to “drown out” President Donald Trump’s speech on the last night of the Republican National Convention (RNC), even reportedly putting an effigy of the president in a guillotine at one point. Protesters also harassed Republicans who were walking from the White House, including Sen. Rand Paul and his wife, conservative personality Dan Bongino, Georgia Democrat Vernon Jones, and others.
Earlier in the week, renewed protests and riots broke out in major cities after the police shooting of a black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.
The president’s response came during an outdoor campaign event that took place in New Hampshire on Friday. “Today’s Democrat Party is filled with hate,” Trump told the audience. “Just look at Joe Biden’s supporters in the streets screaming and shouting at bystanders with unhinged manic rage, right?”
The president continued: “They are just looking for trouble. It has nothing to do with George Floyd or anything. They don’t even know who George Floyd is. They have no idea.”
President Trump went on to target Democrats who have refused to condemn the violence, pointing out the absurd but true fact that massive protests are being allowed in violation of coronavirus restrictions when churches, for example, cannot gather.
“Democrats have no complaint about the rioters and the vandals marauding through our cities or mass unruly demonstrations, but they don’t believe law-abiding citizens can go to church together,” Trump said.
End game strategy
On this issue, Democrats are handing President Trump favorable talking points ahead of the general election this November. In a sense, the more that riots continue and the more that Democrats fail to condemn them, the easier the president’s job becomes.
According to a recent report by The Hill, Democrat strategists are aware of this and are worried that it could lead to President Trump earning more votes from suburban America, particularly in key swing states.
The Hill quoted one Democratic strategist as saying, “Republicans are very wisely pouncing on this moment and using that language [of defund the police] that emphasizes everything wrong with what progressives do.”
The question, now, is whether at this point the Democrats could do anything about this or whether they are simply in too deep with the anti-police movement. We’ll have to see as the general election draws nearer.