Trump and Biden Should Both Urge Calm Immediately

Mish

The threat of violence over the election is high. Neither candidate is addressing the concern.

Republicans Plead for Calm, But Trump Won't

Politico reports As Trump rages, Republicans Plead for Calm.

President Donald Trump spent Monday further fanning the flames of confrontation between protesters and police. And some Republicans are urging the president to extinguish them.

Some said they’d like to hear him make a national address, a move Trump had avoided for days despite deepening nationwide angst. 

With more than a dozen major cities embroiled in violent clashes between police and protesters as well as riots and looting, Trump spent Monday dressing down governors as "weak" and ordering them to “dominate” demonstrators. 

On Twitter, Trump bragged about his poll numbers and attacked former Vice President Joe Biden as “sleepy” and his staff as “radical” for donating money to help bail out protesters. He also endorsed an idea from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) to deploy the military to quell protests.

Republican Comments

  • “We are obviously in a divisive situation right now that’s escalating, and I think he needs to make more unifying comments,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).
  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) agreed it would be a good idea for Trump to give a national address. But he declined "to comment about the tone of his tweets.”
  • Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a close Trump ally, took to the Senate floor on Monday afternoon and sympathized with peaceful protesters while urging an end to the violence and reading into the Senate record details of Floyd’s death.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the country “cannot deafen itself to the anger, pain, or frustration of black Americans,” 
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said, “George Floyd deserved better — all black American do.”

Trump Backers Block Highways

Supporters of President Trump Block Traffic

Note that Trump Backers Block Highways as Election Tensions Play Out in the Streets

Vehicles with Trump flags halted traffic on Sunday on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey and jammed the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge between Tarrytown and Nyack, N.Y. Another pro-Trump convoy in Virginia ended in a tense shouting match with protesters as it approached a statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond.

In Georgia, a rally for Democrats was canceled shortly before it was scheduled to begin on Sunday, with organizers worried about what they feared would be a “large militia presence” drawn by President Trump’s own event nearby.

Sunday’s incidents came a day after a group of Trump supporters in Texas, driving trucks and waving Trump flags, surrounded and slowed a Biden-Harris campaign bus as it drove on Interstate 35, leading to the cancellation of two planned rallies. The F.B.I. confirmed on Sunday that it was investigating the incident.

On Saturday, President Trump tweeted a video of the incident with a message, “I love Texas!” After the F.B.I. announced it was investigating, he tweeted again, saying, “In my opinion, these patriots did nothing wrong,” and instead “the FBI & Justice should be investigating the terrorists, anarchists, and agitators of ANTIFA.”

This is minor stuff compared to looting, but causing a 5-mile backup for hours is certainly neither Law nor Order. 

It will not take much to ignite riots. Some might suggest that Mr. Law and Order wants them.

My Suggested Three-Point Plea

  1. "Violence will not change the past. It will only hurt the future. And it hurts minority communities and businesses the most. Please do not react with violence no matter who wins the election."
  2. "I will honor the results of the election no matter who wins."
  3. "I will not preemptively declare victory until there is a mathematical certainty that enough votes have been counted and that includes honoring late votes in states that allow it."

The likelihood of that today is approximately zero, but Biden can and should say those things even if Trump never would.

Mish

Comments (23)
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kurtellis
kurtellis

so far so good today... no armed vigilante groups of "proud boys" or other white supremecist have made the news. No mass disposal of ballots thrown in the trash on a technicality. if these events hold up today then there will be no violence

mrutkaus
mrutkaus

Get ready to pull a pig from the air when T makes that speech.

LewisM
LewisM

Unlike Trump I don't see where Biden has ever incited his supporters to violence and he's already said he'd honor the results. Trump is the problem here.

silverdog148
silverdog148

All these stories about violence, why? Trump seems to want it but honestly I doubt it will happen. I suspect any election violence will be prosecuted fully and I doubt any but the most ardent supporters want to go to jail over any of the candidates.

Not going to happen, the broad base of Trump supporters if proven wrong and Trump loses in a landslide will slink bank into themselves for a few days and then eventually move on from Trump was always an extremely flawed candidate for them but was more of a marriage of convenience.

njbr
njbr

One big difference:

Protestors on the far right adore, respect and listen to Trump.

Protestors on the far left do not adore, respect and listen to Biden.

Dodge Demon
Dodge Demon

Governor 50 BMI of Illinois hiding out at his Lake Geneva WI estate guarded by Illinois State Police. Some officers have been seen picking up the old feed bag for him at local restaurants like Oakfire.

Sechel
Sechel

M

Realist
Realist

Any decent President is always appealing for calm.

Any decent President works hard to bring the nation together and heal wounds.

Any decent President has respect for all people and groups in the country.

Sadly, America has the most indecent President ever, who applauds violence and hatred as long as it is his supporters doing it.

When has America ever had a President who says things like:

Lock her up. Lock them all up.

He then completely ignores the consequences of his words when militia groups plan to kidnap and kill a governor.

The President is supposed to lead by example.

Trump is the leader of hatred, division, and violence.

Worst President ever.

Sechel
Sechel

four years of Trump should tell you that will not happen. If anything he encourages it

Zardoz
Zardoz

They could call for calm, but I bet the media wouldn't run with it. Calm isn't good for viewership.

Corvinus
Corvinus

Trump is certainly polarizing but the left has been fomenting 'resistance' in the streets for 4 years without a pause. I think the violence pendulum has definitely swung back to the left as it was in the late 60s and 70s. If Biden wins I seriously doubt there will be looting, torching and random acts of violence. If Trump wins, it's almost guaranteed.

PreCambrian
PreCambrian

Trump is the only one encouraging violence and promoting that the election is rigged against him. Trump is the one that needs to act like an adult. Biden already does.

William Janes
William Janes

Ho Hum. A peaceful election day. Who is pushing the crisis button? The system works. Votes will be counted as long as they are post marked on election day. The votes are delayed because of Democrats insisting on using the Virus to expand absentee voting without proper preparation.


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