A Complete Analysis Of Trump’s 177th Unpresidented Week As POTUS

As the country reckons with America's racist history, President Trump defends Confederate monuments and denies the existence of systemic racism.
From Left: President Donald Trump at a press conference in Trump Tower in the aftermath of the Charlottesville rallies, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 in New York. Right: White supremacists rallying in Charlottesville, VA. (AP)

From Left: President Donald Trump at a press conference in Trump Tower in the aftermath of the Charlottesville rallies, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 in New York. Right: White supremacists rallying in Charlottesville, VA. (AP)

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Trump’s first major typo after winning the election was spelling Unprecedented incorrectly. He infamously tweeted “Unpresidented.” This typo is emblematic of his administration: An impulsive, frantically thrown together group of characters with virtually no oversight. After Trump was sworn in, I started writing the weekly “Unpresidented” column, analyzing every week of his presidency. This is week 177.

During the most politically perilous moment of his presidency, when he is consistently down by double digits against Biden, while the economy is battered, coronavirus is surging in red states, and racial justice takes center stage, President Trump spent much of his week defending monuments that honor racist traitors to the United States.

This was a week of contrasts. On Monday, while congressional Democrats unveiled police reform measures and Joe Biden met with George Floyd’s family, President Trump met with law enforcement. This came as Trump officials like HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Attorney General William Barr, Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, and White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow denied the existence of systemic racism in policing.

The entire Trump Administration has made clear they don’t believe the very real problem of systemic racism exists. Of course, they know it exists, they just do not care. This was made even more clear by President Trump’s opposition to renaming military bases that honor the Confederacy, in spite of bipartisan calls for it. Trump also retweeted accounts who were complaining about protestors taking down statues of historic racists. On top of this, Trump said he’s done more for black people than any president except Lincoln, but said Lincoln’s legacy is “questionable.”

This is nothing new of course. President Trump’s racism spans his entire life and we’ve covered it extensively here at Rantt Media. Trump also defended Confederate statues and called neo-Nazis protesting their removal “very fine people” in 2017. Trump, at the time, referred to the Nazi protests as them defending their heritage, and has since said removing Confederate statues erases history.

For the last time, taking down Confederate monuments is not about “erasing history” or “America’s heritage.” It’s about choosing what parts of our history we celebrate. To honor racists who became traitors to the United States to try and keep black people enslaved is disgusting. Germany doesn’t have public statues honoring the Nazis. America shouldn’t have public statues honoring the Confederates.

The Confederacy lost. They were traitors to the Union and they lost. We should not honor them. They represent the worst of us. We should take them down and replace them with iconic Black Americans who have always been the people to push this country to live up to its stated ideals. Although taking down Confederate monuments is symbolic, it’s important. These monuments are the visual representation of the fact the Confederacy never truly died. It was kept alive via botched Reconstruction, Jim Crow laws, and now, Trump. Let’s tear them down and finally reconstruct.

Everyone but President Trump seems to understand that we’re in a racial justice reckoning right now. Roughly 80% of Americans support the Black Lives Matter protests, huge companies like NASCAR are making landmark decisions to take down the confederate flag, and the NFL endorsed the kneeling protests they once blackballed Colin Kaepernick for. The times are changing but Trump still stands against that change. Trump is firmly opposed to not only leaving the confederacy in the past, he’s still opposing kneeling protests in sports.

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President Trump’s laser focus on his base is actually bleeding his support. On Tuesday morning, after a CNN poll indicated he was down 14 points to Biden nationally, one of the first things Trump did was smear a 75-year-old man who had his skull cracked by Buffalo police, citing a conspiracy theory he saw on the right-wing propaganda network OANN. Trump claimed the man was a member of Antifa with absolutely zero evidence.

Needless to say, smearing a 75-year-old man who we all saw police shove to the ground, then blood came from his ear, is not appealing to anyone. President Trump is in competition with himself to stoop to new depraved lows for no particular reason at all. He’s a lot less intelligent than people give him credit for. Trump is doing nothing to expand his base. In fact, he’s doing the exact opposite.

Everything President Trump has done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and these racial justice protests has only damaged his re-election odds. He’s shrinking his base every single day, picking the wrong side of every issue. This can be seen in the military backlash against Trump. His authoritarian overreach backfired. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley apologized for his role in Trump’s church photo op after the LaFayette Square attack on peaceful protestors.

One of my least favorite myths about Trump is that he’s some kind of mastermind with genius political instincts when in reality he’s a reactive, depraved, undisciplined simpleton who would’ve been a nobody if he wasn’t born on a privileged cloud worth hundreds of millions.

While President Trump was making blunder after blunder, Joe Biden was leading. Joe Biden spoke eloquently at George Floyd’s funeral via video. It was even aired on Fox News. This was Biden at his best. His superpower has always been empathy and finding meaning in pain, and he certainly did that in these remarks. Those are traits Trump is incapable of embodying.

This contrast between both sides was made starker when comparing the Democratic and Republican proposals for police reform. Democrats have proven they take systemic racism seriously and are taking action right now, not later. Their proposal went beyond simply banning on chokehold and included an end to qualified immunity, which Senate Republicans and President Trump oppose ending.

The Republican Party’s shift in stance on policing is mostly rhetorical, and in response to brutal polling and prominent military leaders turning on Trump. In the coming months, we must never forget that the initial Trump Administration response was to call protestors “thugs,” unleash the military on them, and deny systemic racism exists in policing.

The difference between the two parties and presidential candidates could not be clearer.

Keep this week in mind on November 3rd.

Let’s dive into another Unpresidented week.

The Trump Recession

Day 1,236: Monday, June 8

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House COVID-19 Coronavirus task force – – Thursday, April 16, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House COVID-19 Coronavirus task force – – Thursday, April 16, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

Monday’s top stories:

Assaults On Democracy In Georgia

Day 1,237: Tuesday, June 9

Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp gives a thumbs-up to supporters, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp gives a thumbs-up to supporters, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Tuesday’s top stories:

Police Reform Hearings

Day 1,238: Wednesday, June 10

Wednesday’s top stories:

The Market Finally Prices In Reality

Day 1,239: Thursday, June 11

Thursday’s top stories:

Coronavirus’ Deadly Comeback

Day 1,240: Friday, June 12

Army Spc. Daniel Fields, assigned to the 9th Hospital Center, takes a patient’s blood pressure reading in the Javits New York Medical Station (JNYMS) – March 30, 2020 (US Navy/Barry Riley/Public domain)

Army Spc. Daniel Fields, assigned to the 9th Hospital Center, takes a patient’s blood pressure reading in the Javits New York Medical Station (JNYMS) – March 30, 2020 (US Navy/Barry Riley/Public domain)

Friday’s top stories:

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