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.