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Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Neofascist Donald Trump once again turns to Twitter to make threats, this time aimed at us

The occu­pant of 1600 Penn­syl­va­nia Avenue (who resides near the recent­ly chris­tened Black Lives Mat­ter Plaza in our nation’s cap­i­tal) is at it again.

In a series of tweets post­ed just before mid­night on the East Coast, neo­fas­cist Don­ald Trump issued anoth­er vague­ly word­ed threat direct­ed at Demo­c­ra­t­ic lead­ers. But this time, rather than tak­ing aim at one of his favorite tar­gets, like Nan­cy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, or Chuck Schumer, Trump went after Wash­ing­ton State Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee and Seat­tle May­or Jen­ny Durkan.

“Rad­i­cal Left Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee and the May­or of Seat­tle are being taunt­ed and played at a lev­el that our great Coun­try has nev­er seen before,” Trump’s account yelped. “Take back your city now. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anar­chists must be stooped [sic] imme­di­ate­ly. Move fast!

(Words in bold­face were cap­i­tal­ized in Trump’s tweet; we do not use all caps on the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate except for cer­tain sub­head­ings, so we have con­vert­ed the case to bold­face to sig­ni­fy Trump’s emphasis.)

“Domes­tic Ter­ror­ists have tak­en over Seat­tle, run by Rad­i­cal Left Democ­rats, of course. Law & Order!” Trump’s account added in a sub­se­quent tweet.

Since putting “Law & Order” (which is a media fran­chise cre­at­ed by Dick Wolf) in all caps was appar­ent­ly not enough empha­sis, a third relat­ed tweet has been made a pinned tweet, this one sim­ply read­ing: “Law & Order!

We don’t nor­mal­ly write about Trump’s tweets here on the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate as a mat­ter of orga­ni­za­tion­al pol­i­cy; we pre­fer to focus on what Trump does rather than what he (or some­one with access to his account) says. But it is very unusu­al for Trump to take aim at our region through his social media megaphone.

Though Trump has feud­ed with Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee before, he has rarely com­ment­ed on events tak­ing place with­in the Pacif­ic North­west, which is a region of the coun­try that he does not seem to pay much atten­tion to. But some­how, tonight, the Emer­ald City got his atten­tion, or the atten­tion of one of his min­ions, pos­si­bly because it was the sub­ject of a Fox Noise Chan­nel segment.

Rejoin­ders arrived swift­ly from Seat­tle’s elect­ed representatives.

“Don’t you have a bunker to be in?” Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Prami­la Jaya­pal asked.

“Make us all safe. Go back to your bunker. #Black­Lives­Mat­ter,” added Seat­tle May­or Jen­ny Durkan, who had been ref­er­enced (but not called out by name).

“A man who is total­ly inca­pable of gov­ern­ing should stay out of Wash­ing­ton State’s busi­ness. ‘Stoop’ tweet­ing,” Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee said.

As ridicu­lous as Trump’s tweets are, it is worth paus­ing here to reflect on where we are as a coun­try. We have fall­en into a deep and tan­gled pit these last few years. We don’t have a pres­i­dent or even a pres­i­den­cy in the Unit­ed States any­more; rather, we have a wannabe author­i­tar­i­an pre­tend­ing to be president.

Take back your city now. If you don’t do it, I will.

What is that even sup­posed to mean?

This is not a Red Alert II: Yuri’s Revenge bat­tle and Seat­tle is not being occu­pied by a clone army that needs to be dri­ven from its streets. The peo­ple protest­ing and march­ing on Capi­tol Hill live here. They’re Seat­tleites; Seat­tle is their city and they are the peo­ple that May­or Jen­ny Durkan is account­able to.

It is so like Trump to attack, threat­en, and oth­er­ize peo­ple who don’t sup­port his extreme­ly destruc­tive neo­fas­cist agen­da. He sad­ly does it all the time, but that does­n’t make his behav­ior any less deserv­ing of condemnation.

Trump embod­ies pret­ty much every vice imag­in­able, and yet the Repub­li­can Par­ty — once the par­ty of Abra­ham Lin­coln, wide­ly regard­ed as the Unit­ed States’ great­est-ever pres­i­dent — wor­ships him like a cult. It’s just sickening.

May this ter­ri­ble error in our nation’s his­to­ry come to an end as swift­ly as pos­si­ble, and may it nev­er be repeat­ed to any extent whatsoever.

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