“Speaking in the Rose Garden, Trump initially sought to adopt a unifying tone as he announced an executive order that, among other steps, creates a federal database of police officers with a history of using excessive force.”
Let’s stop right here and correct another Trump lie. Establishing this type of database is not possible. First, states and cities employ their own law enforcement, and they would need to be complicit with Trump’s “plan.” Second, law enforcement unions would not allow such information to be released.
Of course his mention of the unrest in our states and around the world lasted just minutes before he rambled on and attacked his critics, and of course made false claims about the stock market, which means nothing to our nation’s economy.
When he did return to his “plan,” he strongly supported law enforcement and ignored the demands of protesters while suggesting that law enforcement is “under funded.”
“Reducing crime and raising standards are not opposite goals. They are not mutually exclusive. They work together,” Trump said. “They all work together.”
Then he told another lie, claiming that the number of officers who are racist and commit acts of violence against black men and women is very “tiny.”
“They’re very tiny. I use the word tiny,” he said. “It’s a very small percentage. But nobody wants to get rid of them more than the really good and great police officers.”
I have known many law enforcement men and women in my various careers; some whom were racist and bigoted, and others who were not. Those who were not told me that “there are a lot of racists in the ranks of law enforcement personnel.”
Trump said he was taking executive action to encourage police to adopt the “highest and the strongest” professional standards “to deliver a future of safety and security for Americans of every race, religion, color and creed.”
But then he once again offered his support for the officers and ignored the deaths of black men and women at the hands of law enforcement.
Trump said Americans “demand law and order” and hailed the efforts of law enforcement to quell violence during protests against police brutality earlier this month.
“Without police, there is chaos,” Trump said.
In true Trump ‘fashion,’ he couldn’t resist telling his biggest lie of the day, as he attacked President Obama, and our 46th president to be, Joe Biden.
Trump made up a story, “falsely claiming that his predecessor Barack Obama, along with his current election rival former Vice President Joe Biden, did not attempt to address police reform issues when they were in office.”
Facts, (sorry Donny Boy), prove that President Obama and Vice-President Biden created more reform in law enforcement than any other administration in decades. Together with Attorney Generals Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, Obama and Biden removed excessive punishments for minor offenses, and created harsher penalties for violent and repeat offenders. All of their efforts were rescinded by Trump and Jeff Sessions in the first few months of Trump’s illegitimate presidency.
Once again, as he did with his fake “Middle East Peace Plan,” this was merely an opportunity to stand in front of the television cameras and lie to the American people. There was no strength and very little fact as he wasted the time of legitimate newspersons.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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