Trump Looks for a battle between his Department of Homeland Security troops and anyone he calls a protestor
Contributor: Wy Spano
Looks like Donald Trump is going to war with large American cities. Troops from various units of the Department of Homeland Security have already fought the first battles against the city of Portland, OR. Trump says Chicago and Baltimore are next.
What's that you say? Why would an American president declare war on parts of his own country?
It seems clear to me, nonetheless, that the primary reason for Trump's War on America is that he really needs a lot more chaos on the streets, so he can "save the country from anarchy," and get reelected. Without chaos, Trump becomes a standard office-holder, someone who gets judged by how well he's done his job. But the truth is he's done his job horribly. No president in history has done a worse job. Trump wants to have a campaign message that says, "I've done well and I'll continue to do well." Instead, he's backed into a corner where the best he can assert is, "The system is falling apart. Reelect me or it will really tank."
It's quite possible—even likely—that you didn't know Portland and Chicago and Baltimore were out of control, even if you live there. (Don't worry: they aren't out of control. They are, however, dealing with the aftermath of the George Floyd murder, and that's a lot of stress.) Trump seems irritated, however, that cities aren't stuffing demonstrators in jail, or, preferably, burning them at the stake.
Thus, his attack-Democratically-run-cities strategy. The problem is you need everyone to agree there's a real breakdown of law and order going on. Unfortunately, a lot of people seem to think that the enormous explosion of awareness about our country's racism is actually a good thing. Which means that Trump is left attempting to create chaos out of a situation many people think is headed in the right direction.
It's not only complicated, it's downright confusing. Especially to someone who has never chosen to balance his own needs with the needs of the community. If we have learned one thing from our three awful years with Donald Trump, it's that his own perceptions and needs are the only things that matter to him: the ONLY thing.