US President Donald Trump said he would accept defeat in the November presidential election. “If I don’t win, I won’t win,” he told Fox News on Friday. Then he does other things. Trump added, “I think it would be a very sad thing for our country.” Trump had been raised for comments from Democratic nominee-elect, Joe Biden. In an interview, the latter had expressed the idea that Trump could refuse to leave the White House in the event of a defeat.
Self-image versus external perception
In the interview, Trump also made it clear how he sees himself in the crisis: as an unifying and compassionate president. When asked, “Are you the president who unites us all, given what is happening right now?” Trump said: “I certainly think so and I certainly hope so.”
Instead, his opponents accuse him of only deepening the trenches instead of uniting the country – not only since the death of African American George Floyd, who triggered protests and unrest in many US cities.
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The President of Law and Order
Trump has stylized himself as President for Law and Order since the protests began – and even threatened to use the military against demonstrators. “I think the law and order president can prevent a situation like Seattle from ever happening,” Trump said. Demonstrators have set up an “autonomous zone” in the city on the west coast. It comprises several streets and is partially separated from the rest of the city center by barricades. The police are not wanted there. On TV pictures you can see that there is a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.
Toughness from compassion
From Trump’s perspective, city and state governments have lost control of the city. He already described the demonstrators in tweets as “anarchists” and “terrorists” and threatened that his government could take action if Governor Jay Inslee and Mayor Jenny Durkan failed to act.
“If you’re soft and weak, you end up not being compassionate,” Trump told Fox. “Sometimes hardness is the most compassionate.” Otherwise there would be dangerous situations in which people would be seriously injured.
Stranglehold in exceptional situations
In the debate over police reforms, Trump defended the controversial method of stranglehold in exceptional situations. A single official may struggle with a suspect who may use a stranglehold. “Then what should you do, let go and say: let’s start over, I can’t hold you in a stranglehold?” Trump said.
However, he also said that he did not like strangleholds: “I think it’s very good if they are generally ended.” He wanted to see a “compassionate but strong” police on the US streets. Choking attacks by the police have been denounced for years, and their complete ban is now under discussion.
Minneapolis plans to revamp security system
In Minneapolis, where a white police officer Floyd had pressed his knee for almost nine minutes on May 25, causing the 46-year-old to die, the city council unanimously passed a resolution on Friday to reshape the city’s security system. The resolution provides for a one-year process in which a “transformative new model” for urban security is to be developed with the involvement of citizens.
Concern in Germany
Meanwhile, President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) was concerned about developments in the United States. “It is just sad how deep this wonderful country and this society are divided. Maybe it will get better after the elections in November – I hope so,” he told Spiegel.