|Even off Twitter, aides say Trump has been focused most intently in meetings on the issues surrounding statues and monuments -- and not on the raging coronavirus pandemic or intelligence suggesting Russia paid the Taliban to kill American troops. (Photo by=Channel 3000)|
[아시아뉴스통신=레악카나 기자] On Wednesday, Trump calls the words "Black Lives Matter" a "symbol of hate", a description he's refused to use for Confederate emblems that would spoil the "luxury avenue" he once called home. On the same day, President Trump fumed at a plan by officials in New York City to paint the phrase "Black Lives Matter" in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.
Trump continues seizing upon widening cultural divisions in a way he believes will appeal to voters concerned about safety and order despite polls showing wide disapproval of how he's handling race relations.
As he distributes wanted posters of suspected vandals on his Twitter feed and warns those who splashed red paint on statues of George Washington to turn themselves in, Trump is also stoking racial tensions using language and tropes that harken to the days of segregationist politics and fears of ruined neighborhoods.
Even off Twitter, aides say Trump focused mostly in meetings on issues about statues and monuments. Some of his political advisers worry Trump is distracted from the actual health and economic crises and alienating moderate swing voters whose views on race evolved past viewing Confederate monuments as "history" but Trump insisted the issue is a winning one for him.