President Trump to Hong Kong police: ‘start shooting!’

We are not among those who take a default position that President Trump is racist. We take him at his word until we cannot . In this case Trump has said on Twitter on 29 May 2020: “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you.”

Clearly these statements are made with a concern for safety and the rule of law. We have all seen the images of violence and looting in Hong Kong.

We feel confident that President Trump would advise Hong Kong police to behave in line with his wise advice. We are sure Trump is not saying there is one rule for Black people and another for Whites.