At his first public rally in 110 days in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a day after Juneteenth, President Trump did not mention George Floyd. He did not mention Breonna Taylor. He did not mention Ahmaud Arbery. He did not mention Rayshard Brooks. He did not mention Tony McDade. He alluded to the protests that have erupted in their names—or, more specifically, to the protesters. He floated the idea of throwing flag-burners in jail for a year, and he spoke of rioters and looters. But he couldn’t bring himself to mention the deaths that have brought so many Americans out into the streets.
Instead, he threw red meat to his base, bashing the move to remove statues and names associated with the Confederacy:
“The unhinged left-wing mob is trying to vandalize our history, desecrate our monuments, our beautiful monuments, tear down our statues, and punish, cancel and persecute anyone who does not conform to their demands for absolute and total control… This cruel campaign of censorship and exclusion violates everything we hold dear as Americans. They want to demolish our heritage so they can impose their new oppressive regime in its place.”
Then there was Trump’s racist comment about coronavirus, referring to it as “Kung Flu.” Earlier this year, CBS reporter Weija Jang said someone in the White House called it “Kung Flu,” but at the time White House adviser Kellyanne Conway denied the term was used saying if someone did use that phrase it would be “wrong” and “highly offensive.” So what does she have to say about her boss using the term?
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) June 21, 2020
Trump is cracking jokes in Tulsa about Covid-19, calling it "kung flu" which is not only racist but belittles the deaths of 122K Americans and the horrific loss for their families.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 21, 2020
He also racially stereotyped people who break into homes as “tough hombres.”
The president of the United States is once again spewing his racism from a stage. https://t.co/gzRPs2pKUN
— Connie Schultz (@ConnieSchultz) June 21, 2020