Cody Keenan, a former speechwriter for Barack Obama, said the tweet was part of Trump’s re-election strategy.
“How about we just overlook the kabuki where White House staff send emails to journalists anonymously to tell them they had nothing to do with it? [Republican] the senator pretends they haven’t seen him, and simply accepts that they are all part of Covid’s 2020 white power gathering until the end, “Keenan tweeted.
Trump sent the tweet when faced with a difficult reelection election, which in part involves a fight to shore up support among his base of evangelical and white Christian voters. Polls indicate that a majority of that demographic has supported protests over the murder of George Floyd, an African-American man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last month.
Floyd’s protests have launched what could be a moment of trial for racial justice, on issues ranging from unexplained police killings to Confederate monuments, criminal justice reforms and the legacy of slavery to reparations.
However, Trump has leaned toward his opposition to the protests, threatening to deploy the US military in American cities, promising severe penalties for disfiguring statues, tweeting “when the looting begins, the shooting begins,” a phrase famous used in the 60s by a Miami police chief accused for a long time of intolerance and of declaring himself president of “law and order”.