Trump's Tough Talk To Governors Compared To An Arsonist Blaming Fire Departments

David Moye
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Twitter users had strong opinions about President Donald Trump accusing governors of being “weak” in their response to protests over racism and police treatment of Black communities that, while largely peaceful, were marred by instances of violence and looting.

During a Monday morning video conference call with the state leaders following a weekend of turmoil, Trump said most of the governors were “weak.” And he said, “You have to arrest people.”

HuffPost obtained an audio of the call.

Trump added:

“You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you, you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate.”

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Many Twitter users expressed doubt his message was the right one ― or that Trump is the right messenger at a very volatile time in U.S. history.

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Some found the president’s tough talk ironic, considering he spent a brief part of Friday night an underground bunker at the White House as an angry protest occurred in front of the executive mansion. Nor did he do much publicly during the weekend to attempt to quell the rage sparked by the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a Black man pinned to the ground by a white Minneapolis police officer for nearly nine minutes.

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Some people sensed deja vu all over again, albeit in different ways.

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One suspected the attacks on his fellow politicians was part of a strategic “blame game.”

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But others wouldn’t give the president that much credit.

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Others expressed much graver concerns.

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One person suspected that Trump’s good buddy, Russian President Vladimir Putin, influenced the fiery rhetoric.

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He Has 9 Billion Dollars

Launching his Presidential bid last June, Donald Trump held up his financial statement to prove <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2015/06/19/you-may-not-take-donald-trumps-candidacy-seriously-but-take-another-look-at-his-real-estate-business/" target="_blank">he had assets worth a total of $9 billion.</a> <br><br> In a tasteless boast, Trump went on to reveal he refused a bank's loan of $4bn. <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2015/06/19/you-may-not-take-donald-trumps-candidacy-seriously-but-take-another-look-at-his-real-estate-business/" target="_blank">He said:</a> “I don’t need it. I don’t want it. And I’ve been there.” <br><br> While millions of Americans continue to suffer the effects of sluggish economic growth, Trump is blissfully unaffected. Well, that's how he makes it sound.
Launching his Presidential bid last June, Donald Trump held up his financial statement to prove he had assets worth a total of $9 billion.

In a tasteless boast, Trump went on to reveal he refused a bank's loan of $4bn. He said: “I don’t need it. I don’t want it. And I’ve been there.”

While millions of Americans continue to suffer the effects of sluggish economic growth, Trump is blissfully unaffected. Well, that's how he makes it sound.

But He's Never Used A Cash Machine

Trump says he's never had to withdraw cash from a cashpoint. <br><br> During an appearance on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien', Trump said that he'd never seen the need to use ATMs, all the while hinting at his extraordinary wealth.
Trump says he's never had to withdraw cash from a cashpoint.

During an appearance on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien', Trump said that he'd never seen the need to use ATMs, all the while hinting at his extraordinary wealth.

He Gets Super Defensive About Money

Like many of his voters, money is always on Trump's mind. <br><br> But unlike those struggling to make ends meet, Trump is more concerned with the perception of his wealth, which he says is "more than $9 bn". <br><br> When an author <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/donald-trump-loses-libel-lawsuit-232923" target="_blank">suggested Trump had a net worth of less than $300m</a>, the property tycoon sued him for libel. <br><br> Yet during testimony, Trump admitted his own estimations depend on his "feelings". <br><br> It was reported <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/donald-trump-loses-libel-lawsuit-232923" target="_blank">Trump said:</a> "Yes, even my own feelings (guide estimates of my wealth), as to where the world is, where the world is going, and that can change rapidly from day to day." <br><br> Trump lost the libel case.
Like many of his voters, money is always on Trump's mind.

But unlike those struggling to make ends meet, Trump is more concerned with the perception of his wealth, which he says is "more than $9 bn".

When an author suggested Trump had a net worth of less than $300m, the property tycoon sued him for libel.

Yet during testimony, Trump admitted his own estimations depend on his "feelings".

It was reported Trump said: "Yes, even my own feelings (guide estimates of my wealth), as to where the world is, where the world is going, and that can change rapidly from day to day."

Trump lost the libel case.

He's Leading A Fact-Free Campaign

Despite pretending to offer something different from the tired-old ways of Washington, Trump has admitted that he's more than willing to use dubious non-facts and statistics in an effort to further his White House ambitions. <br><br> In a remarkable exchange with FOX News host Bill O'Reilly, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/11/23/the-2016-campaign-is-largely-fact-free-thats-a-terrible-thing-for-american-democracy/" target="_blank">the famously impertinent presenter took exception to flawed statistics banded about by Trump.</a> <br><br> <blockquote>O’Reilly: This bothered me, I gotta tell ya. You tweeted out that whites killed by blacks — these are statistics you picked out from somewhere — at a rate of 81 percent. And that’s totally wrong. Whites killed by blacks is 15 percent, yet you tweeted it was 81 percent. Now … <br><br> Trump: Bill, I didn’t tweet, I retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert, and it was also a radio show. <br><br> O’Reilly: Yeah, but you don’t wanna be. … Why do you want to be in that zone? <br><br> Trump: Hey, Bill, Bill, am I gonna check every statistic? I get millions and millions of people, @RealDonaldTrump, by the way. <br><br> O’Reilly: You gotta, you’re a presidential contender, you gotta check ’em.</blockquote>
Despite pretending to offer something different from the tired-old ways of Washington, Trump has admitted that he's more than willing to use dubious non-facts and statistics in an effort to further his White House ambitions.

In a remarkable exchange with FOX News host Bill O'Reilly, the famously impertinent presenter took exception to flawed statistics banded about by Trump.

O’Reilly: This bothered me, I gotta tell ya. You tweeted out that whites killed by blacks — these are statistics you picked out from somewhere — at a rate of 81 percent. And that’s totally wrong. Whites killed by blacks is 15 percent, yet you tweeted it was 81 percent. Now …

Trump: Bill, I didn’t tweet, I retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert, and it was also a radio show.

O’Reilly: Yeah, but you don’t wanna be. … Why do you want to be in that zone?

Trump: Hey, Bill, Bill, am I gonna check every statistic? I get millions and millions of people, @RealDonaldTrump, by the way.

O’Reilly: You gotta, you’re a presidential contender, you gotta check ’em.

He Takes His Name Way Too Seriously

He's so obsessed with his image that when a "cybersquatter" took control of hundreds of online domain names, including those using the name "Trump", Donald went on the defensive. <br><br> J. Taikwok Yung, <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/trump-sues-b-klyn-man-400k-websites-article-1.1303096" target="_blank">a self-described "domainer" from Brooklyn, NY, was hauled before judges</a> after Trump noticed he'd bought up a huge amount of his brand online. <br><br> Trump sought the maximum damages allowed - <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/01/studentnews/trump-cybersquatting-lawsuit/" target="_blank">$100,000 for each of the four Trump-related domain names</a> bought by Yung. <br><br> And he had legal grounds: Trump is a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Organisation and is adorned on many a high-stakes casino, and several hotels.
He's so obsessed with his image that when a "cybersquatter" took control of hundreds of online domain names, including those using the name "Trump", Donald went on the defensive.

J. Taikwok Yung, a self-described "domainer" from Brooklyn, NY, was hauled before judges after Trump noticed he'd bought up a huge amount of his brand online.

Trump sought the maximum damages allowed - $100,000 for each of the four Trump-related domain names bought by Yung.

And he had legal grounds: Trump is a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Organisation and is adorned on many a high-stakes casino, and several hotels.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.