Donald Trump kicked off his Tuesday morning by crowing about arresting “anarchists” who threw paint on a statue in Manhattan at the same time that he has yet to condemn Russia for reportedly paying a bounty for the killing U.S. military personnel overseas.
According to the president, who has been waging a Twitter war on protesters, “We are tracking down the two Anarchists who threw paint on the magnificent George Washington Statue in Manhattan. We have them on tape. They will be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison based on the Monuments and Statues Act. Turn yourselves in now!”
Commenters on Twitter were quick to note that he seems more concerned about memorials to those who have passed and less so with living and breathing Americans serving their country, with one former staffer from his 2016 presidential campaign writing, “You’re spending more time on this than on the bounties rewarding killing good American boys.”
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We are tracking down the two Anarchists who threw paint on the magnificent George Washington Statue in Manhattan. We have them on tape. They will be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison based on the Monuments and Statues Act. Turn yourselves in now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2020
Have time for a Russia briefing now that you're finished with playing policeman?
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) June 30, 2020
What are you going to do about the Russians who paid to kill American soldiers? https://t.co/SaGeZAUQ6V
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) June 30, 2020
You’re spending more time on this than on the bounties rewarding killing good American boys.
— A.J. Delgado (@AJDelgado13) June 30, 2020
126,000 people dead; most horrific pandemic in our lifetimes; economy in catastrophic collapse.
And you're chasing down people who painted a statue?
Seriously? You wonder why your numbers are plummeting?
— Michelangelo Signorile, subscribe to my newsletter (@MSignorile) June 30, 2020
Throw paint on a statue: ten years in prison.
Pay militants to kill Americans: constant praise, invitation to come visit, and a big old gift: removing US troops from Germany.
Something’s wrong here.
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) June 30, 2020
— the scientific realm (@scientificrealm) June 30, 2020
Trump is busy chasing paintballers, while Putin is killing our soldiers.
— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) June 30, 2020
We are tracking down those who p**d on the magnificent Donald J Trump face, in Russia. We want them on tape. They will be rewarded. Turn these tapes in now!
— Larry Lart (@larryolart) June 30, 2020
Trump is a Menace to America and World Peace
WEAK on Russia, China, Turkey, SA, NK. Divisive with our allies. Quid pro quos to rig elections. Narcissistic Motives.
— single issue voter ⚛️ (@rightNtruthMat) June 30, 2020
Always a tweet pic.twitter.com/Pwsv3Zejre
— Marie-Caroline (@NoWay7790) June 30, 2020
Putin put a bounty on US soldiers, 128,000 Americans are dead, 42 million unemployed and white supremacists are killing innocent black people and you're tracking down people who THREW FUCKING PAINT ON A STATUE? You are a boil on the ass of humanity. You're also demented. RESIGN.
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) June 30, 2020
love too care way more about statues than about the lives of American servicemen in Afghanistan
Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks. These are three soldiers killed by Putin’s bounty program that you knew but did nothing about. Say their names.
— John (@ruprechtsfork) June 30, 2020
If you cared as much about U.S. soldiers as you cared about statues, a lot of American boys would be alive right now.
What does Putin have on you that you're willing to let U.S. soldiers die?
— JRehling (@JRehling) June 30, 2020
— TG221 (@TG22110) June 30, 2020
Montana GOP ticket sidelined after exposure to COVID-positive Trump, Jr. girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle: report
The Montana Republican Party is facing a crisis after multiple members of the ticket were potentially exposed to COVID-19.
"Montana gubernatorial candidate Rep. Greg Gianforte and his running mate, Kristen Juras, confirmed Saturday they will self-quarantine after Gianforte's wife, Susan, and Juras attended an event last week with Kimberly Guilfoyle, who has since tested positive for COVID-19," KBZK-TV reported Saturday.
Gianforte is currently Montana's lone congressional representative. He is not running for reelection as he's running for governor. In June, the Montana GOP nominated State Auditor Matt Rosendale to replace him.
Trump’s presidency has accelerated the predicted collapse of the Republican Party: columnist
Citing the work of a University of a Washington political scientist, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank said Donald Trump and his racist rhetoric has accelerated the decline of the Republican party in a country that is seeing major demographic changes and because white voters are increasingly turned off by it.
As Milbank wrote, four years ago Christopher Parker, who is Black, predicted a Trump candidacy would "do more to advance racial understanding than the election of Barack Obama.”
Trump and his lackeys are too delusional to turn around their flailing campaign
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
When pundits point out that with four months to go until Election Day, it isn't too late for Trump to turn his campaign around, what they're really saying is that there's sufficient time left on the calendar for a candidate who grasped why he or she was losing to change course and abandon a clearly failing strategy.