There have been all of these moments of clarity, or so I hoped, for American voters. “Moments of clarity” probably isn’t the right way to describe it. There are these moments where Donald Trump truly exposes who he really is and it’s a perfect storm of f–kery, white supremacy, racism, sexism, what have you. I’m thinking about the “very fine people” press conference after Charlottesville. The press conference he did in Iceland where he took Putin’s side over American intelligence agencies. This week, there was another moment: he ordered the police, Secret Service and military to tear-gas and flash-grenade peaceful protesters (mostly teens and some clergy) so he could do a photo-op with a Bible in front of a church.
Those images have gone around the world. America has been the laughing stock of the world for three and a half years. Other world leaders are making more effective and substantial statements about George Floyd, systemic racism, social justice and Black Lives Matter. And some world leaders just let an unexpected moment of silence say everything. So it was with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. He was doing another press conference outside the PM’s residence and he was asked about the situation with Trump tear-gassing American citizens.
Justin Trudeau’s pause says a million words… pic.twitter.com/qo6wJ75DBI
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 2, 2020
Twenty-one seconds. That was the length of the pause. I said on Twitter that the pause said “Black Lives Matter,” but honestly, I don’t know. I’m not sure he did it on purpose, or if he was truly trying to gather his thoughts and figure out just what to say about Canada’s unhinged, fascist Southern neighbor. “We all watch in horror & consternation what’s going on in the United States. It is a time to pull people together, but it is a time to listen.” Yeah, Bigly doesn’t listen. He’s famous for not listening to a g–damn thing.
I’m not trying to be gross, but the image of Trudeau wearing a face-hugging mask is very sexy to me? I’m into it.
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