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
Trump tells Fox News the ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign on Fifth Avenue is like he’s being ‘prosecuted’
President Donald Trump appeared to reveal another quid pro quo during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell pointed it out during an interview with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).
"I was very nice to Mayor de Blasio. I got him ventilators when he needed them... I got him the gowns. I got him the masks. I got him everything. Then he throws a big Black Lives Matter sign right down in the middle of Fifth Avenue. I was so good to him and to Gov. Cuomo, like nobody's ever been good. And then all you end up doing out of that place is getting prosecuted."
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow details all of the places the Trump-Pence COVID-19 ‘road show’ has spread the coronavirus
President Donald Trump's COVID-19 Road Show is off to another super-spreading extravaganza this weekend as the campaign heads to New Hampshire.
During her final commentary Thursday, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow recalled that Tulsa, Oklahoma did everything they could to try and keep people safe while waiting for the Trump rally and during the event. The Bank of Oklahoma Center, where the rally was held, purchased stickers that said not to sit on specific seats to keep people physically distant. Trump's team told the BOK Center to remove them.
"It was the most space anywhere in America since the coronavirus crisis began," said Maddow.
Trump brags doctors were ‘surprised’ he could pass a cognitive test
President Donald Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he has taken a cognitive test and passed with flying colors. Bragging about it, however, he let it slip that the doctors didn't have much faith in him.
The comment came as Hannity asked Trump about former Vice President Joe Biden's comment that he has "cognitive tests" all the time. Biden was referencing that he must deal with serious and complex issues frequently and that those things take a cognitive aptitude that he doesn't believe the current president has.
Trump dismissed Biden's comments saying that Biden "meant" that he gets tested for the coronavirus all the time. Biden did address that and said that he hasn't wanted to be tested because he doesn't want to take someone else's place in line that truly needs a test. Trump has mocked Biden for staying inside under quarantine.