Trump Claims “Chaos Is Coming.” Hello, It’s Already Here.

White suburban mothers should fear their own fathers, sons, and husbands

Trump supporters protesting in Kenosha.
Supporters demonstrate in front of the Kenosha, Wisconsin, Courthouse on September 01, 2020, during the visit of US President Donald Trump. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP/Getty Images

It’s exhausting to have to repeatedly list all the ways in which the criminal justice system and some members of the media mistreat Black people. This sentiment was palpable in the message Jacob Blake’s sister Letetra Widman provided when speaking to the press last week. “I’m not sad, I’m not sorry; I’m angry, and I’m tired,” she said, adding, “I don’t want your pity. I want change.” She also spoke about the indefatigable grief that Black people have been experiencing for generations.

One would hope that after such an impassioned statement following yet another viral, traumatic Black moment involving police, that the president would say something, anything, even if it rang hollow to the Blake family. Well, you would be wrong. Instead, Donald Trump stood at a press conference and lied a tremendous lie. He told reporters that he had spoken with the Blake family pastor and that he wouldn’t be meeting with them when he visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, because they wanted to have lawyers involved.

All of that is patently false. Jacob Blake Sr. told reporters, “We don’t have a family pastor. I don’t know who he talked to. I don’t care who he talked to.”

This lie seemed extra special because it was easily fact-checked. It conjured a pastor and a conversation that simply did not exist. But what were we expecting from Trump? The truth? Empathy? A better lie? This from a man who, days before coming to Kenosha for a photo-op, sat down for an interview with Laura Ingraham and compared the shooting of Jacob Blake to a golf stroke. “They can do 10,000 great acts, which is what they do, and one bad apple — or a choker, you know, a choker, they choke — shooting the guy in the back many times,” Trump told the Fox News host.

Trump’s Kenosha visit was his administration’s version of tragedy porn. Trump wanted the imagery of him walking past charred buildings and disarray as a visual to help him continue his Republican National Committee scare campaign to show the White suburban moms of America that the “domestic terrorism” — as he has referred to protesters — would be coming to a city near them if Joe Biden was elected as president. What’s absurd about this statement is that this is Trump’s America.

Trump is literally cosplaying American fascism, and we’re all just sitting in the theater he has set ablaze, still thinking it’s just part of the show.

Trump may speak in circles, but he is largely responsible for everything that has happened to this country over the last three and a half years. He wants us to believe that “chaos is coming” with Biden’s presidential run, but the reality is that it arrived the day Trump put his hand on the Bible and told us about the darkness of America at his inauguration. Remember when he spoke about “American carnage?” At the time, we had no idea what he was talking about — now look at where we are.

Trump is literally cosplaying American fascism, and we’re all just sitting in the theater he has set ablaze, still thinking it’s just part of the show.

While referring to the ashes in Kenosha as “domestic terrorism,” Trump failed to mention the actual domestic terrorist, Kyle Rittenhouse, who donned an AR-15, drove across state lines, and killed two people. No, instead he retweeted the right-wing conspiracy theory that Rittenhouse was defending himself. Ask yourself what kind of person arms themselves and then drives across state lines to shoot people in self-defense? Rittenhouse wasn’t drafted; he wasn’t called to duty — he wanted to kill people — specifically Black Lives Matter protesters because he buys into Trump’s call for “law and order” and the need to police Black and Brown bodies. This kind of actual domestic terrorism in the United States isn’t new.

Indeed, this level of domestic terrorism has been the norm for Black people in America since before the bombing of the church in Birmingham, Alabama, that left four little Black girls dead. This is why it’s infuriating to watch as this president and the White mainstream media look for any way to justify Blake’s attempted murder at the hands of officer Rusten Sheskey. Add to that the literal celebration—by self-professed White Christians no less — for Rittenhouse, who, to be clear, is a murderer. Just take a look at the side-by-side stories and images of Rittenhouse and Blake in the New York Post. The newspaper would have you believe that Rittenhouse is just a concerned citizen taking matters into his own hands while the victim, Blake, was a knife-wielding maniac. This is nothing new.

The worst of White America has always been on the hunt to justify their violence against the Black community.

What’s becoming increasingly obvious are the similarities between Trump’s unrelenting gaslight and some White American’s “fear” of Black people. Whatever Trump says could happen to White people is currently happening to Blacks, but he seems to willfully ignore what he sees. I can’t think of a time when Black men patrolled the streets to kill unsuspected White folks but can point to numerous occasions from the Jim Crow South to Kenosha where White vigilantes have murdered Black people without persecution. Racist Whites have historically burned up our cities, killed our children, and gotten off without so much as a penalty, but they are the ones who “fear for their lives?” An armed White militia invaded Kenosha, causing death and destruction, but the media narratives make it sound like the Black Lives Matter protesters are to blame.

In 2017, Trump spoke about American carnage, and now it has arrived; but not by caravans filled with undocumented immigrants as he warned. Instead, it’s at the hands of the good ol’ White boys who have made terror their pastime. These are the people White suburban mothers should fear — their own fathers, sons, and husbands.

is the host of #WokeAF & #PMMood & co-host of the podcast #democracyish. She covers all the news and happenings at the intersection of politics and pop culture.

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