First Thing: police gassed protesters so Trump could get a photo op
The president threatened to deploy federal troops as demonstrations continued around the US. Plus, why Run the Jewels are the right band for the times
Donald Trump walked from the White House to the nearby St John’s Episcopal church on Monday. Not to worship or pray there, as many presidents have done before, but to pose for a photo holding a copy of the bible aloft. Just beforehand, police had used teargas and rubber bullets to clear a crowd of peaceful protesters from his path.
The photo op came shortly after Trump described himself as “your president of law and order”, and threatened to deploy federal troops to quell the nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd – a threat that would require him to invoke the 1807 Insurrection Act, last used during the LA riots of 1992.
Church leaders responded to his behaviour with outrage, but the president was unrepentant. Also on Monday, he ranted at governors and other officials that they must “dominate” their states and cities, saying otherwise they would “look like a bunch of jerks.”
This president has “built his entire political career as a gold-painted tower to incite violence,” says Richard Wolffe. And in threatening to deploy the military, writes David Smith, Trump has raised the spectre of fascism: Comparisons to dictators, fashionable during Trump’s political ascent, have fallen out of favour in recent years. Now they might be in for a comeback.
The protests go on in big cities, small towns – and overseas The demonstrations over police brutality and structural racism, inspired by the death of Floyd, continued across the US on Monday night, despite the curfews enacted in New York, Philadelphia and other cities. Protesters marched and chanted from Maine to California, in big cities and small towns, while solidarity protests took place in other nations including the UK and Australia.
A medical examiner says Floyd’s death was a ‘homicide’ Derek Chauvin, the police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, has already been charged with his murder. But calls to charge the other three officers involved in his fatal arrest are growing, after a medical examiner in Minneapolis classified the 46-year-old’s death as a homicide, caused by “a cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement officer(s).”
The chief of Minneapolis police, Medaria Arradondo, said in an interview on Sunday that the decision over whether to charge the officers would come through the Hennepin county attorney’s office, but added that “all four officers” involved in Floyd’s death were “complicit” in what he described as “a violation of humanity”.
Dr Fauci hasn’t spoken to Trump in more than two weeks For months, Dr Anthony Fauci was the face of the US response to the coronavirus. But on Monday the Trump administration’s top infectious disease expert admitted he had not spoken to the president since 18 May, despite the pandemic’s continued spread through American communities. The news seems likely to raise fears that Fauci has been frozen out by the White House – and that Trump has lost interest in tackling the disease.
The coronavirus crisis continues…In other news… Great reads Run the Jewels: ‘I’m just rapping about the societal conditions.’Killer Mike’s impassioned speech about the death of George Floyd went viral last week. He and his Run the Jewels collaborator El-P tell Alexis Petridis about being the right band for the times. “If anything, it’s a source of mild discomfort to us that our music is seemingly relevant.”
The power of crowdsEven before the coronavirus lockdown, the opportunity to gather freely in crowds was under threat from mass surveillance, or the seizure of public space. But whether for protest or celebration, the human desire to form a crowd will persist, writes Dan Hancox.
Opinion: the G20 should be leading us out of the Covid crisis In 2009, Gordon Brown led a G20 summit at which world leaders come together to forge solutions to the global financial crash. Yet in 2020, Brown writes, the world’s premier forum for international economic cooperation has gone awol amid an even deeper crisis.
This is not just an abdication of responsibility; it is, potentially, a death sentence for the world’s poorest people, whose healthcare requires international aid and who the richest countries depend on to prevent a second wave of the disease hitting our shores.
Last Thing: ‘No one can ignore a black woman on a horse’ Brianna Noble was one of thousands of protesters on the streets of Oakland on Friday. But she was probably the only one riding a horse. “I know that what makes headlines is breaking windows and people smashing things,” the 25 year-old horse trainer told the Guardian. “So I thought, ‘Let’s go out and give the media something to look at that is positive and change the narrative’ … I felt helpless and thought to myself, ‘I’m just another protester if I go down there alone, but no one can ignore a black woman sitting on top of a horse.’”
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Thug Such a spoilt little baby. How potus snatched defeat from the jaws of victory of a 2nd term, he's really making history as a one term president As a Christian, this makes me feel so sick. I believe in the bible, but this guy has made a mockery of it. So incredibly heart wrenching. So sad. American people need to vote him out
Another bias left-wing media BS Fascist in Chief. The Guardian seems to be in favor of riots ￼ Would you prefer having the president of USA killed? 建议建国同志加大力度 I heard Trump is already using this as a campaign ad. Biden should use the exact same footage with a different message Modern anarchism is primarily a tendency — moral, social & intellectual. It is, in truth, a PRODUCT of Authority, the progeny of the State, a direct consequences of the inadequacy of law & govt to fulfill their assumed functions. WilliamBlake🐅 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
Heil hitter Finally! An accurate headline. Succinct and correct. Love it. This is fascism. Where's Lee Harvey Oswald when you need him, or even the guy on the grassy knoll? We are moving ever closer to a dictatorship. We need the prayers of all people of good will. It is a scary time to live here. It’s so so wrong.
Maybe it's time to stop calling these events 'protests against the death of George Floyd' and move to 'demonstrations against the systematic murder of Black People in America'. It's looking more and more like a rebellion against an authoritarian government to me Good! Should have gassed more Nailed it!
He's truly disgusting. trump2020 Americans need to realize this isn't about left or right. They need to rid their country of the cancer that is Trump. It's unfortunate Republicans are too entrenched in their ideology to admit it that they've made a massive mistake. Be humble, and rid yourselves of the cancer.
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