The Trump Presidential Era brought about a series of memes like “covfefe” and “person, man, woman, camera, tv,” that would be gibberish to anyone who didn’t live through it. However, for many Americans, these memes and other nonsense the former president spouted became one of the defining elements of his time in office (alongside kids in cages and xenophobic policies.) They’ve become one more lens through which to see Trump’s America.
As the trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd was underway, another officer was charged in the death of a young black man, Daunte Wright. Wright was killed, as reported by CBS, by former officer Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the force who police say intended to shoot him with her taser, and accidentally used her pistol instead.
As protests rage, one protestor appeared on camera to let the world know nobody has forgotten the former president’s demonization of protests against police brutality. What did he bring to the protest? Soup, for his family.
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“I’ve been out here all four nights,” he says. “I’m just standing here today with soup for my family.”
The reference is Trump’s July rant, in which he asserted that protestors were showing up with bags of soup to throw at police, before feigning innocence and insisting that the soup is merely sustenance for their families.
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(This is before Trump shifted to the claim that tuna, specifically Bumble Bee brand, was the protestors’ weapon of choice.)
“They throw the cans of soup. That’s better than a brick, because you can’t throw a brick. It’s too heavy. But a can of soup, you can really put some power into that, right? And then when they get caught they say, ‘this is soup for my family.’ So innocent… And you have people coming over with bags of soup — big bags of soup. And they lay it on the ground, and the anarchists take it and they start throwing it at our cops, at our police. And if it hits you, that’s worse than a brick because that’s got force. It’s the perfect size. It’s, like, made perfect.”
As seen in the clip above, Trump made these and other bizarre remarks at a meeting with National Association of Police Organizations leadership. The full transcript is available at the archived Trump Administration White House site, here.
Protestors have reportedly thrown rocks and other objects at police in the four nights of demonstrations since Daunte Wright was killed. The officer who shot him has resigned and was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter. CNN reported that there seemed to be a decrease in tensions at Wednesday nights protests, following the charges.
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