Trump hides in a bunker while US descends into chaos over George Floyd killing

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson: one hides in a bunker, the other once hid in a fridge [Composite: Laura Tisdale/Twitter].

What did Donald Trump think would happen after police killed an unarmed black man? And does anybody else find it ironic that a man who tried to buy a golf course in Scotland has ended up hiding in a bunker?

The United States appear to have dissolved into chaos after an unarmed black man, George Floyd, was arrested on a charge of passing a forged $20 note.

Three police officers pinned him down on the ground next to their car, with one of them resting a knee on the right side of his neck for nearly nine minutes. Apparently this cut off Mr Floyd’s supply of oxygen and, coupled with existing health conditions, caused his death. The officer concerned – Derek Chauvin – apparently kept up the pressure for nearly three minutes after Mr Floyd became unresponsive.

An initial autopsy stated that the death was caused by the combined effects of being restrained, underlying health conditions, including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease, and potential intoxicants in his system, but the family has requested an independent examination – which seems wise in the light of video evidence in which Mr Floyd can be heard saying, “I can’t breathe,” and “Don’t kill me.”

All four officers were fired from Minnesota police the next day, and on May 29, Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for Floyd’s death, with Hennepin County attorney Michael O. Freeman saying he anticipated charges to be brought against the other three officers at the scene of Floyd’s death.

The incident sparked outrage, not just in Minnesota but across the United States – and internationally. Initially these were peaceful, but they soon degenerated into violent confrontations with police.

One such demonstration has been taking place outside the White House in Washington DC, and President Donald Trump – who has chosen not to broadcast to the nation on the subject but has confined his comments to messages on Twitter (which some have considered inflammatory) – was evacuated to a “special secure bunker”:

As protesters converged on the White House on Friday, the New York Times reports, “Secret Service agents abruptly rushed the president to the underground bunker used in the past during terrorist attacks.”

Trump has been widely criticized for his response to the protests that have rocked the nation since video of Floyd’s death began spreading on social media.

Despite days of peaceful protests and violent clashes with police in some of America’s major cities, Trump has not addressed the nation and has repeatedly sent inflammatory messages over Twitter.

“If they had [breached the fence],” the president continued, “they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen. That’s when people would have been really badly hurt, at least.”

The decision to relocate to a bunker has drawn unkind comparisons with a certain other national leader who ended up there:

(The reference to anti-fascists being “the enemy” is about a tweet by Mr Trump in which he said “Antifa” would be designated as a terrorist organisation. The problem is that “Antifa” – a reference to anti-fascist beliefs – is an ideology, rather than an individual organisation. And, as This Writer pointed out:

(From the – expected – lack of response, it seems he hasn’t.)

The irresponsibility of the President’s behaviour has been noted – and compared with that of another national leader who we, in the UK, know very well:

Possibly the worst part of this already-shameful episode is what may be termed “collateral damage” – for example, the Guardian photographer who was shot in the eye and must live in partial blindness for the rest of her life after being deliberately targeted by US security forces.

What was she photographing, that they didn’t want the world to see?

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  1. Dez June 1, 2020 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Not much more one can add as all well made points. Until the alternative camera angle came into play I thought there was only one cop involved but seeing the three extra uniformed attackers on the second camera one could see why there was an unexplained liquid trail coming from the fallen victim. I would imagine Mr. Floyd sustained some organ crush damage as well as breathing difficulties and all those involved should be joining Chauvin in the dock. The US politics are so covert with deep state agendas and agencies deliberately stirring up tensions for political gains. In the midst of this complete chaos there is a Pandemic rampant which is now secondary on everyones radar out there. At least in the UK we only have to deal with complete incompetence and lies from the Government who seem to be acting if they are part of the New World Order already with their non-action and creating fear.

  2. Jeffrey Davies June 1, 2020 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Just another imp it seems scared of his own shadow but his way same as bozzo is the same treatment of any colour is the same dish served both sides of this great ocean the two are same mould and could we have the same trouble with our people’s because of it

  3. Phil June 1, 2020 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Looking at the position of the cops knee in the photographs and the way it’s used I’d guess the method of pinning somebody down by their neck with a knee like this is very similar in purpose to a Jime strangle hold in Judo, by twisting the knee you would clear the muscle covering the carotid arteries or jugular vein, (depending which side of the neck was being knelt on), and then putting weight on it would compress the blood vessel stopping blood flow to the brain leading to unconsciousness and then death unless the pressure is released…

    In Judo, a successful Jime would render the average person unconsciousness in less than 20 seconds if applied correctly, and dead within 1 minute if the strangle hold wasn’t released…

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