At The American Spectator, Jeffrey Lord recalls the chaos of the 1960s, and Americans’ demand then for law and order. He then notes that today, Donald Trump is America’s law and order candidate. He writes (abridged):
As one American city after another has exploded into seemingly endless nights of violence in 2020 — every last one of these cities run by Democrats for years —
There is no one who thinks that the murder of George Floyd was anything other than outrageous. But you can be certain that by the time election day arrives there will be plenty of talk about the repeated inability of Democrats in all these city halls and state houses to get order restored.
And in truth? The reality star president has already stolen the show with his remarks from the Rose Garden last night. Said the President.
“I have recommended every governor deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers to dominate the streets,” the president said during his speech. “We are ending riots and lawlessness, we will end it today.”
Trump said he is dispatching “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers and military personnel” to stop the rioting. “I want organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties,” he said.
And with that, saying he would head instantly to a special place, he turned, walked back through the White House and dramatically walked to St. John’s Church.
This is the church in Washington legend and lore known as the “Church of Presidents” where every president since James Madison has worshipped. It now stood wounded by rioters that had attempted to burn it to the ground
Just as the repeated violence of the period between 1965 and 1968 helped to elect Richard Nixon — there will without doubt be a political impact with all of this rioting and violence in 2020.
And as with Nixon, this visceral and violent anti-Americanism can only help reelect Donald Trump, the law and order candidate of 2020.