Generalissimo Prznint Stupid, describing US cities as “American communities plagued by violent crime,” after weeks of police brutality protests seems to be declaring war on cities. He says that he will deploy a “surge of federal law enforcement” to Chicago and Albuquerque.
And as a warning shot to Chicago’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, he had Portland Oregon’s mayor Ted Wheeler tear-gassed.
“Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler stood Wednesday among the front lines of downtown protests, where he and hundreds of other people were tear gassed repeatedly by federal officers.
“You have radical-left Democrats running cities like Chicago,” Trump said at his coronavirus briefing. “There’ll be a time when they’re going to want us to go in full blast, but right now we’re sending extra people to help. We’re arresting a lot of people that have been very bad.”
Our pals over at Electoral Vote suss out this strange strategy:
In an insightful article, Ronald Brownstein argues that Donald Trump’s decision to use federal agents in Portland and his threats to use them in other cities is not an accident or impulsive move. Trump wants to split the country in two, with the states (especially the red states) fighting the (generally Democratic) cities. He hopes that exurban and suburban voters will see him as the last bulwark against chaotic and violent cities. It could easily fail, though, because suburban voters tend to identify with the nearest big city, not with outlying rural areas.
And this strange ad seems to speak to this strategy:
The Bulwark (Yes, I know) tells us sumpin’ about it:
Pretty standard stuff. With one exception. That picture on the right where the evil hippie scum from Stumptown are whaling on the gallant law enforcement officer who’s trying to protect God and country?
It’s from 2014.
That’s not the bad part.
It’s from Ukraine.
Ukraine? Where have I heard about that place before. Slipping my mind.
But that’s not the bad part, either.
The “evil hippie scum” are actually pro-democracy protesters. And the policeman getting beat up is a member of the riot police who had been brought in to try to protect the authoritarian president, Viktor Yanukovych, who was attempting to turn Ukraine into a one-party state by extralegal means.
Hmmm, that strikes a bell. Do continue.
Still not at the bad part.
One of the extralegal means Yanukovych employed was a specialized federal internal police force, the Berkut, which answered directly to him and was used to assault his political opponents and tamper with elections. Another of the extralegal means he used was jailing former Prime Minister Yulia V. Tymoshenko after beating her in the 2010 election. He actually “locked her up.”
“Lock her up” — that sounds familliar!
Now we’re at the bad part.
Wait for it . . .
The picture Trump is using in his ad was taken on February 14, 2014.
On February 22, 2014, an overwhelming majority of Ukraine’s parliament—328 of 447 members—voted to remove Yanukovych from office.
And on February 25, 2014 Yanukovych turned up in . . . Moscow. Where he enjoyed asylum. Because he was Vladimir Putin’s puppet.
This is beginning to sound like a really commanding teevee show! Parallel universes and all that!
I’m sorry. I lied. Because we’re not actually at the bad part yet.
Buckle up your chin straps because the real bad part is that after Yanukovych fled to Russia, the Ukrainian people charged him with treason. Not in the Fox News sense. They didn’t go on TV and say “Oh yeah, that guy. He was the worst. Total traitor. Human scum.”
Oh, and also—just as a cherry on top—back in 2004, before Yanukovych had ascended to the throne and tried to destroy his country’s democracy, he hired this really interesting American political operative to help his party.
The guy’s name was Paul Manafort. Perhaps you’ve heard of him?
Irony = ded.
We could pitch this story of Trump taking cues from a failed Russian-backed coup to Netflix and they would say it is unbelievable, and yet here we are.
Pay attention to what’s going on in the cities that Lord Damp Nut is attacking, it’s not just a distraction, it’s the game itself.