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Fascism on the march: Is Trump Using the DC as a Test Site for Scrapping the Constitution and Declaring Martial Law?

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It's been less than two weeks since the murder by cop of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and in that short time, an astonishing rebellion has sprung up from the angry grass roots. It began among a black population for whom this vicious videotaped slow and casual killing of a non-violent black suspect of a minor alleged crime by a calm and clearly unthreatened white police officer was the last straw.

In no time, the protests spread across the country from Portland east to Portland west, from Chicago to Miami and points in between, often with mostly young white protesters outnumbering black ones, as the target of the anger and frustration spread from Floyd's killer and the Minneapolis Police to all police, and to the governments that employ them in the name of "law and order" instead of peace and justice.

Meanwhile the response of the Trump administration has been to call for more repressive police action at all levels, and more proactive violence against protest. This has been particularly true in the nation's capital, epitomized by President Trump's ordering of a brutal assault by Federally-controlled National Guardsmen and National Park Police on peaceful protesters in front of the White House, who were told to clear a path for the president to waddle across from that building to a small historic church across Lafayette Square park for a photo-op with a Bible as a prop.

The assault on the protesters, which began with tear gas, flash-bang grenades and the firing of rubber bullets, was shocking and unusual, since it came with no warning and without a shred of justification, and was clearly intended to show a "toughness" against protest, even peaceful protest. Before making what had to be one of the longest transits by foot that this president has taken in his whole three and a half years as president, Trump announced that he was President law-and-order, and called on governors of the 50 states to join him in "dominating" the streets with force and mass arrests.


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There is one thing wrong with this thesis. The protests have not been peaceful. The protesters have rioted, looted, destroyed property, and hurt people. Much of their actions have been criminal. And it has been widespread. Not only has the violence marred the correct message, it makes the possible of at least curfews a distinct possibility.

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There is one thing wrong with your comment: you have protesters confused with Trumplodytes.

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You have Trumpodytes mixed up with police and mercenaries.

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The protests, considering the initial violence of police, who have been attacking peaceful protesters, have been remarkably restrained, not violent. Even the so-called "rioting" during curfews have not been particularly violent for the most part. Looting is not violence, by the way.

Actually, from what I've seen, the cops have pretty much stayed away from the looters and let the damage be done, and have focussed their brutality on peaceful demonstrators. Almost leads one to think the cops want the looting to happen to get the middle class white population to support a more aggressive crackdown.

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This is mostly true, except for the Vallejo California PD who killed one suspected looter who had submitted by kneeling down. They have an astoundingly high kill rate over most of the last decade.

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