Donald Trump is a fanatic
A little late, at 4:08 p.m. Central European Time, Donald Trump begins his statement in the White House. His voice seems brittle, the US President stares at the teleprompter and reads his speech fluently and with concentration.
The occasion is extremely serious: there were two massacres the day before, 22 dead in El Paso, nine dead in Dayton. Since then, horror and anger of Americans have alternated, ventilated on social media. It was about hatred and guns, about racism and its dominant variant, the white supremacy, the alleged predominance of people with fair skin over those who look different. At the center of the outrage, however, was one man: Trump.
Several prominent Democrats accused the Republican of paving the way for hate crimes with his rhetoric. Trump himself expressed his condolences to the people in El Paso and Dayton in an initial reaction. "Hate has no place in our country and we will take care of it," he told journalists. But then, as is so often the case, the pointer to others. This time he claimed, among other things, that the media were to blame for allegedly spreading fake news.
But now, in the White House, the US head of state sounds different. Now he no longer blames journalists. He castigates "fanaticism, and racism white supremacy“The Americans would have to condemn all of this, this“ sinister ideology ”would have to be defeated. Trump speaks a lot about“ hatred ”, he calls the perpetrators“ monsters ”, the acts are“ horror ”,“ terrible, terrible, terrible ”.
Trump mentions the pamphlet published on the Internet by the El Paso assassin shortly before his bloodlust, which is clearly racist. This includes, among other things, a term that is used by right-wing extremists around the world, such as the Christchurch assassin or the "Identitarian Movement" active in Germany and Austria: "Great exchange." In addition, the "Manifesto" of the El Paso rifleman laments an alleged "invasion" of the United States by people from Latin America - a phrase that Trump used earlier with regard to immigrants.
Trump is now trying to clearly differentiate himself from this in his speech in the White House. He also suggests some measures. For example "red flag" laws, according to which the authorities take action against potential violent criminals earlier. He complains of "cruel video games" that the "glorification of violence in society" must be stopped. Trump made the Internet and online networks partly responsible for a radicalization of society.
What Trump does not do well: speak out in favor of stricter gun laws. The president even adopts one of the typical arguments of the gun lobby almost literally: "Insanity and hatred pulled the trigger, not the gun."
Just a few hours earlier, he had made a suggestion: tighter controls on arms sales combined with immigration reform. But that is no longer the case in the White House.
A proposal to suit the taste of his followers
Instead, Trump makes a proposal that should be to the taste of his supporters. Bringing a legislative initiative underway that will provide for the death penalty for hate crimes and mass murder - and faster processes so that people can be executed more quickly. He ordered the Ministry of Justice to draw up appropriate legislation.
Republicans and Democrats should work together to stop the violence, Trump says. The American President proclaims all sorts of blessings for the victims and their bereaved families. Then he leaves the room with his Vice Mike Pence without answering any questions.
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