Donald Trump in times of Corona and racial outrage!
Well, these are certainly not the best of times for anyone across the entire globe.
In the face of COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, the entire socio-economic fabric of the world is under strain. In such an atmosphere of uncertainty and bleakness, comes the grim killing of a black man, George Floyd, who was shown on video gasping for breath as a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down.
The incident has led to violent protests and conflagrations in Minneapolis, which also spread to other parts of the USA. The incident has greatly hurt the sentiments of black people as it brings the undercurrents of racism to the fore as the world tarries behind them for an equal life. It also brings into sharp focus the failure of Trump administration to soothe the Blacks but also the way it dealt with the Coronavirus pandemic, which has left millions of Americans out of work and a mortality rate of over a hundred thousand.
These two recent events have reflected poorly on President Donald Trump; who is seen as antagonistic and a bully; especially when a series of tweets showed his apathetic attitude towards the warpath his country was on. His leadership was highly criticised when he tweeted that the protesters in Minneapolis were “thugs”, a term with deep-rooted racist connotations. He also tweeted that military was present in the city and issued warning, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts”, which did little to mitigate the issue, rather added more fuel to the fire.
This poor handling of George Floyd issue acted as a reminder of how in wake of emergency situation caused by COVID-19, the President had claimed that “nobody knew there would be a pandemic or epidemic of this proportion.” It had caused discontent since the onslaught of novel coronavirus was definitely in air. The Obama Administration had created a National Security Council Directorate to tackle such epidemic/pandemic events; which the Trump Administration very conveniently has disbanded.
Just when the world could do with some empathy, Trump has behaved like a staunch bully, which has fractured the already hurt psyche of American public; currently reeling under the negative impact of quarantine and economically hurtful lockdown.