Trump's Fearsome Army

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D.C. thugs protecting and serving to clear the way for the infamous photo-op

Amidst America's growing carnage, eloquent, empathic voices are increasingly raised. In a searing rebuke published in The Atlantic, former Marine Corps general and Secretary of Defense James Mattis denounced Bunker Boy for his unprecedented, efforts to divide Americans, summoning the specter of the Nazis' "Divide and Conquer" slogan before urging us to "live up to our values" and prove "we are better than our politics." Former Obama aide Desireé Barnes blasted white looters in New York - "There are people who live in this neighborhood (and) you are here profiting off our fucking pain" - castigating them to "be fucking responsible," "have a fucking plan,” and vote. Brazenly showing off by using full sentences in a virtual Town Hall hosted by his group My Brother’s Keeper, Barack Obama praised protesters fighting 400 years of systemic racism, "the original sin of our society," and urged viewers, "Just remember, this country was founded on protest. It is called the American Revolution." Canada's Justin Trudeau offered a powerful, excruciating pause heard round the world when asked about Trump's crimes before finally tendering a heartfelt call to "stand together in solidarity" to end racism. The ACLU and Black Lives Matter just sued Trump and Barr for gassing D.C. protesters. And across the country, hundreds of thousands of white allies, many of them young people, are thronging protests and seeking ways to end the racism of their elders.

Still, those in power continue the ugly lurch toward fascism. As the frightened tyrant wannabe walls off the People's House from the people, he and his henchmen are bringing the war home by packing the capitol with busloads of armed military and law enforcement personnel - an ominous, unholy swarm that reportedly includes National Guard units, U.S. Marshall Service, D.C. police and, most outrageously, no-badge riot teams from the Federal Bureau of Prisons - at William Barr's request, yet. And the brutality, often by cops covering their badges, goes on apace. Given the rising stench of militarization, it's little wonder the louts shilling to re-elect an impeached mobster have launched an Army For Trump; this week, with all the scary rabble out there, they bigly ratcheted up the fearmongering and offered a new jingoist treat RIGHT NOW. "When you become a member of the Trump Army today, we'll give you access to get (sic) our never-before-seen, limited edition camo Keep America Great hat," they shout in fundraising letters, "to let everyone know that YOU are the President's first line of defense when it comes to fighting off the Liberal Mob." The mob, meanwhile, is dancing in the streets. Such cognitive dissonance marks the times: For a sense of distances traveled, compare Trump's incendiary trudge through the park with an Obama stroll a few light-years ago. Then, to revive your embattled sense of hope and humanity, help out George Floyd's six-year-old daughter Gianna. Her clear-eyed take on recent history: "Daddy changed the world."

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