Throughout four years of blistering disinformation, international embarrassment and social unrest that has now reached a fever pitch, we probably forgot that we’re supposed to depend on Donald Trump for leadership. So when Anderson Cooper slammed Trump for his lack of guidance, it wasn’t just fun to watch, it was a jarring.
From video content shared to the AC360 Facebook page, Cooper exclaimed on his show Monday night, “We are witnessing a failure of presidential leadership at a time when this country, when we the people, need it more than ever perhaps in our lifetime.”
He continues, “Calling himself a law and order president, [Trump] said they’ll send active duty military troops into America states and cities to dominate — his words — dominate demonstrators in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd a week ago.”
Cooper makes a point to stress the word “dominate,” and it’s important to remember something that Trump seems to have forgotten years ago: words matter. To linger on nothing of this story other than his administration’s militarized response speaks volumes on Trump’s character and the mindless sort of pandering that resonates with his base.
Cooper concludes his statements later in the segment, saying, “The president seems to think that dominating black people, dominating peaceful protesters is law and order. It’s not. He calls them thugs? Who is the thug here? I’ve seen people dying in the streets while protesting. I’ve seen countries ripped apart by hate, and misinformation, and lies, and political demagogues, and racism. We can’t let that happen here.”
The segment is not only numbing, but begs action. You can see Anderson Cooper’s comments on Trump’s reckless rhetoric here.