Over the past week the nation has seen protests in more than 75 cities against the horrific police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed, handcuffed Black man who was not resisting arrest. Over the weekend the nation, desperate for presidential leadership, saw none, as reports at both The New York Times and the Washington Post detailed .
Sunday night, what the nation saw was a White House, always illuminated at night, with the lights turned off as news reports broke that President Donald Trump had been scurried into the “underground bunker used in the past during terrorist attacks” on Friday.
Trump’s decision to not address the nation as protests gripped the American public and countless videos of police brutally attacking peaceful protestors flooded social media, stunned many. In fact, aside from vitriolic tweets, the President was largely silent.
On social media many quickly started calling the President of the United States “bunker boy,” while mocking him for, as some put it, “hiding in the basement” and turning off the lights.
— Jake Morphonios (@morphonios) June 1, 2020
Ivan-ka, where’d your pa?
Hiding in the basement, ha ha ha!#BunkerBoy
— Greg Olear (@gregolear) June 1, 2020
— Baby Ciao Ciao Baby (@BabyCiaoCiaoBa1) June 1, 2020
This is eerily symbolic of the Trump Administration. In the midst of multiple crises He turns of the lights in the White House:
– Global pandemic with more than 100,000 people dead in the US.
– More than 40 million people unemployed
– Coast to Coast Protests pic.twitter.com/WKSRJ2yOqI
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) June 1, 2020
It’s oddly fitting that after 3 years of hiding its head in the sand in terms of engaging in any serious problems to find real solutions, the @realDonaldTrump White House now looks like this—hiding in plain sight, as though turning off its lights could make it somehow disappear. pic.twitter.com/utmEO8C1JU
— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) June 1, 2020
Either #BunkerBoy is getting cell service now, or he’s slithered out of the basement. Either way, he’s tweeting conspiracy theories again.
He’s not just a pitiful President, he’s a pathetic man.
— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) June 1, 2020
This is what Trump’s idea of leadership looks like: Shut off the lights of the WHITE House and hide in the Bunker.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) June 1, 2020
“Trump and his family were reportedly unnerved by the protests, however the president was the only one to be taken to the bunker. ”
Women and children, second. #BunkerBoy
— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) June 1, 2020
— NOT ALT WORLD (@NotAltWorld) June 1, 2020
— ChristaChristy (@riotshenanigans) June 1, 2020
No picture better sums up the Failure of MAGA, Ultra-Macho, Tough-Ruler Trump Presidency.
The President Turned Off the Lights: Trump’s White House Goes Dark.
The Bully in Chief Is A Coward… pic.twitter.com/jKRFuAvl2j
— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) June 1, 2020
Conservative fears that Trump-loving conspiracy nuts could hand Democrats the Senate
Conservative National Review editor Rich Lowry is worried that Trump-loving conspiracy nuts could hand Democrats the Senate during next month's run-off elections in Georgia.
Writing at NRO's "The Corner" blog, Lowry points to recent comments made by President Donald Trump and Trump-backing attorneys Lin Wood and Sidney Powell that attack Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp for following the law and certifying President-elect Joe Biden's win in the Peach State.
Trump allies relentlessly lobbied election officials in a mad scramble to reverse the president’s loss: report
On Tuesday, The New York Times podcast "The Daily" looked at how President Donald Trump has — unsuccessfully — tried to use the machinery of state and local government around the country to dismantle
"His team filed a litany of court cases in battleground states. In some, such as Georgia and Michigan, the president and his allies took an even more bullish approach, attempting to use their influence to bear down on election officials, even at the lowest levels of state government," said the report. "They have been relentless and tenacious in the efforts to transform the president’s fortunes. But the results have been immovable: Joe Biden is the president-elect."
GOP lawmaker who once voiced support for QAnon now wants to bring a gun to the Capitol
A newly elected Republican congresswoman who has offered support for the Qanon conspiracy theory has asked about carrying a firearm to work.
Lauren Boebert, a far-right Colorado restaurant owner who encourages her employees to openly carry weapons, has asked Capitol Police about carrying her gun on Capitol grounds, her office told the Associated Press.
“This was a private discussion and inquiry about what the rules are, and as a result the Congresswoman-Elect won’t be going on the record,” her aide Laura Carno said.