US Allies – Horrified and Shocked

US Allies – Horrified and Shocked 

Australian News Crew Beaten While Filming Protests in D.C. 

Cristal M Clark

Washington, D.C. — a police officer punching an Australian cameraman and using his shield to strike him in the chest, while another officer uses a baton to hit the correspondent. Police were using tear gas, projectiles and mounted officers to forcefully scatter peaceful protesters near the White House, so Donald Trump could walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church for a photo opportunity.

Amelia Brace, the correspondent with Australia’s Channel 7: “They don’t care they are being indiscriminate, they were firing these rubber bullets at everyone. There’s tear gas now and we’re surrounded.”

On Friday, CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and the crew working with him were arrested live on air in Minneapolis.

All of this has been seen worldwide and has both the allies and adversaries of the United States watching in complete horror. They are falling witness to the fraying and crumbling of the United States while under no leadership. 

The sight of officers repeatedly striking a foreign news crew has sent a chill down the world’s spine. 

This is not the United States the world thought we were. 

What perhaps was even more shocking was the President telling police to “dominate the streets,”  a Black Hawk military helicopter was dispatched to fly low over the demonstrators in Washington, D.C.,  and the President suggested Governors were weak.

Ziya Meral, a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based think tank: “Now we are witnessing an America spiraling down into chaos, poor governance, social friction, poor policing and poor leadership.”

Ragıp Soylu, a correspondent with the Middle East Eye news outlet, tweeted: “Congrats, America! You have joined the Middle East nations where you can no longer peacefully protest outside the presidential palaces.”

China comments: The American hypocrisy – The U.S. calling out Beijing’s alleged attempts to curb freedoms in Hong Kong while seen to be trying to do something similar at home.

And New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was “horrified by what we’ve seen.”

I could go on and on but leaders everywhere from every corner of the world are watching our country fall apart at the hands of a lack of leadership. 

The problem with Trump is pretty much tenfold here, he has a history of being a racist and of supporting racism, bullying and outrageous threats against anyone he does not agree with. He is the epitome of a narcissist and he is absolutely a bully when he wants his way, his mindset is “my way or the highway.”

That is not going to work this time, if Trump insists on sending in the military he is going to piss off an already pissed off public and then it will become all out war.  People are tired of Trump and his outdated views on what society should be and is. 

The world is watching our President throw fuel on an already out of control fire, they are watching him stir the pot, simmer the stew and brew up enough discontent, chaos, hatred and fear to all but ensure our nation is torn apart from the seams under the failing Trump Presidency. 

Cristal M Clark

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