Weekend open thread: Protest and beyond
We're heading into the 12th night of protests, as the president continues to completely meltdown
Would love to hear what you’re all up to and what’s happening where you are. The protests in response to the murder of George Floyd are in their 12th day, with no let up in sight.
And they are getting things done — cities like Minneapolis and New York are changing laws regarding police engaging in chokeholds, and it’s only just begun, as there’s so much more to do on the issue of police reform and treatment of black citizens.
The violence by the police has grown against peaceful protesters as the protests have continued, as I wrote about yesterday. Last night in New York was brutal, with police using “kettling” on protestors — which is nothing but police violence. Mayor Bill de Blasio is responsible for this. He’s a disgrace and I believe he should resign.
Donald Trump, rather than seeing how his vicious response to the protests have hurt him, is going further, attacking New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who reversed himself and said he supported athletes taking a knee at games. Brees shot back a Trump, who won’t accept that this moment has transformed many people.
Trump is on a racist tear, as usual, but I think his desperation is showing as the polls sag and even some of his own supporters are shifting, with many Republicans saying Trump has worsened racial tensions. The brutal police violence against black people is undeniable and Trump is trying to get people to look away. But on my SiriusXM show this week we heard from people who said they knew of Trump supporters who have now gotten off the Trump train, and, in one case, a man who voted for Trump called the show and said he won’t being doing so in November, after seeing Trump use the military to gas protesters.
I’m in for the weekend as usual — lockdown in NYC is in place still — but the local farmer’s market is back today, so I’ll go get some vegetables. What’s going where you are? Join in the discussion.