By Audra L.
Since the death of George Floyd, the United States has been turned upside down with national protests that demand justice. Although the news media has somewhat calmed its coverage of the protests in different cities, this does not mean that the people are by any means ready to go home. Unfortunately, this act of “societal disruption” has led to Trump declaring war on the very Americans he promised to help ‘Make America Great Again.’
It is no surprise that many cities throughout the nation are finding themselves caught between a rock and a hard place on the issue of protestors and their right to be heard. On the one hand, you have politicians who are working to handle the situation in their own state, their own way. However, rather than allow many state officials the opportunity to work within their own regime to ensure that the police utilize better tactics when dealing with protestors, Trump decided to take matters into his own hands.
It was during a press conference that Trump called protestors—even the peaceful ones—people who were contributing factors to “acts of domestic terror” and he promised that he would do what state officials were afraid to do. He promised to declare war on the citizens of the United States with threats of U.S. military being deployed into areas of protests. In the end, he made good on his promise.
With consistent smiles of pleasure during his communication to the public, Trump has made it clear that he will treat any American as if they were foreign invaders who came to America unauthorized. He has found pleasure in thrusting federal agents onto innocent people who were merely exercising their constitutional right to protest. Video footage can be found throughout the internet of people peacefully holding their signs, chanting their messages of positive change, and then being tormented by federal agents—all at the command of Trump.
The U.S. President’s response to the current unrest of the people have not only infuriated the American people, but it also places a dark mark on the morality of the United States to those who live outside of it. Many are watching closely as Trump tears away at the fabric of the United States with threats of death and destruction on the American people. Rather than assisting with a viable solution that will allow people to be heard, Trump instead created a situation that forces people to now fight in their effort to exercise their own right to express themselves.
Peaceful protests and the right to express oneself freely were rights that were guaranteed by our founding fathers, yet one man has worked double overtime to shatter that privilege and turn the United States into a place of disruption, pain, and unrest. Declaring war on innocent citizens is not an indication that he is Making America Great Again. Instead, it’s only further proof that he is killing what was once the home of the free, and the land of civil liberties with justice for all.