How to bunker pic.twitter.com/cu7StjllD0
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) June 6, 2020
— Scott Wilson (@PostScottWilson) June 7, 2020
The first night of major unrest in Washington had exploded in chaos on May 29, with protesters and Secret Service officers battling outside the White House. At 8:30 the next morning, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and her senior aides huddled on a conference call for an update from the city’s police chief.
Eleven minutes later, they were interrupted — by a number of angry tweets from President Trump. Praising the federal officers, Trump warned protesters of the “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons” at their disposal. Then, as the mayor’s chief of staff read the tweets out loud, Trump lambasted Bowser.
Trump wrote that the Democratic mayor “who is always looking for money & help, wouldn’t let the D.C. police get involved. ‘Not their job.’ Nice!” It was a false accusation. The mayor had never said those words.
Bowser (D) and her team finished their discussion, said one city official with knowledge of the call, and then the group “went back to the tweet and how the mayor should respond.”
The response has been emphatic. Since Trump’s personal attack on May 30, Bowser has fought back fiercely against the president’s bullying, taunting him with tweets and criticisms of her own. On Friday, she rebuked him with a defiant display of street art in which she sought to draw a clear contrast with Trump’s calls for “law and order” by demonstrating active support for peaceful protesters of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Over the past 10 days — set against the backdrop of the pitched national protests over police violence — their once relatively temperate relationship has erupted into an ugly schism freighted with the overtones of race and power that have infused the protests, as well as city leaders’ long and fruitless fight for D.C. statehood…
An hour after Trump’s tweets, the mayor hit back with a pair of her own. She defended the D.C. police, saying it would protect all city residents, including the protesters and Trump. Then she taunted him for hiding in the executive mansion behind the wrought-iron White House security fence.
“There are no vicious dogs & ominous weapons,” she wrote. “There is just a scared man. Afraid/alone.”
The dig appeared aimed to humiliate Trump, who revels in projecting strength. Though mayoral aides said Bowser didn’t know it at the time, the Secret Service had moved Trump to a secure bunker under the White House during the height of the chaos Friday, a detail made public in a New York Times report last Sunday…
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows contacted the mayor and floated a proposal of a federal takeover of the city’s police department — a highly offensive notion to city leaders still scarred by the federal government’s financial takeover of a nearly bankrupt D.C. government in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Bowser balked, promising the city would step up enforcement.
City officials met that day with FBI, military and Justice Department officials to develop a security plan for Monday night. D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham expressed a willingness to work collaboratively with the administration, two officials with knowledge of the meeting said.
But as the protesters swelled at Lafayette Square, federal authorities chose not wait until the curfew to make their move…
As night fell on Thursday, a team of eight muralists plotted the design and, under the cover of darkness at 3 a.m. Friday, they began painting 50-foot-tall, bright yellow letters spelling out “BLACK LIVES MATTER” along 16th Street leading toward the White House.
White House officials viewed the move as a serious escalation and warned that the mayor has done “irreparable harm” to her relations with Republicans on Capitol Hill.
But Bowser remained unbowed. On Saturday, while marching with protesters to the newly minted plaza, the mayor offered another shot at her antagonist.
“Today, we say ‘no,’ ” the mayor said. “In November, we say ‘next.’ ”
Snowflakes gonna snowflake https://t.co/2TY4oT7ePj
— GreatDayForEverybodyHat (@Popehat) June 7, 2020
You awake? Here’s the view from space. https://t.co/w2LETH7pWE
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) June 6, 2020
How many troops does it take to protect one scared little #BunkerBaby?
.@CBSNews has learned that on Monday the president said he wanted 10k troops patrolling streets across the country.
Milley, Barr, and Esper all recommended against it.
David Martin reports pic.twitter.com/ISU1WbKKxB
— Norah O'Donnell ?? (@NorahODonnell) June 6, 2020
There are 12,000 US troops in Afghanistan, for reference. https://t.co/9cgoZC4YOS
— The face toucher (@JonIsAwesomest) June 7, 2020
this is exactly it. the protests are angry, peaceful and growing, and the white house has absolutely no tools to even contemplate what they mean (other than lies, denial and "shows of force")
a show of force against protesters angry about state violence is galaxy brain stuff https://t.co/mQtBbc7MpS
— Gerry Doyle (@mgerrydoyle) June 7, 2020
Trump used the phased "silent majority" this week. When Nixon used it to rally folks around his Vietnam policy, polls indicated 60% approval of him on Vietnam. When Trump used it this week, 32% of Americans approved of his reaction to George Floyd's death. https://t.co/03t0NZIdax
— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) June 6, 2020
Speaking of nostalgia, who remembers August 9, 1974?
in the wall street journal, no less https://t.co/hjNGiradYN
— Gerry Doyle (@mgerrydoyle) June 7, 2020