President Donald Trump was pounded by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms earlier in the day. The Mayor claimed to CNN’s Jake Tapper that President Donald Trump is helping to fuel riots that are taking place in the country.
As Tapper questioned, “President Trump has been tweeting about the violent protests across the country. He vowed to ‘step in and use the unlimited power of our military’ and he suggested the local officials should ‘get tough and fight.’ He’s also talked about threatening the ‘most vicious dogs and ominous weapons I have ever seen’ to use against protestors in Washington, D.C. What do you make of the way the president has handled this crisis?”
Bottoms replied, “He should just stop talking. This is like Charlottesville all over again. He speaks and he makes it worse. There are times when you should just be quiet. And I wish that he would just be quiet.”
She added, “Or, if he can’t be silent, if there’s somebody with a good sense and good conscience at the White House, put him in front of a teleprompter and pray that he reads it and at least says the right things, because he is making it worse.”
Late Friday she announced, “You’re not going to out concern me and out care where we are in America. I wear this each and every day and I pray over my children each and every day so what I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is not a protest. This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. This is chaos. A protest has a purpose.”
And stressed, “When Dr. King was assassinated we didn’t do this to our city. So, if you love this city, this city that has had a legacy of black mayors and black police chiefs, and people who care about this city where more than 50 percent of the business owners in Metro Atlanta are minority business owners, if you care about this city, then go home.”
In addition she stated, “If you want change in America, go and register to vote, show up at the polls on June 9th. Do it in November. That is the change we need in this country. You are disgracing our city. You are disgracing the life of George Floyd and every other person who has been killed in this country,” she said at the time. “We are better than this. We are better than this as a city. We are better than this as a country. Go home! Go home!”
Tensions now running sky high as America’s rule of law erodes in real time.