â€œThe president seems to think dominating Black people, dominating peaceful protesters, is law and order. Itâ€™s not,â€ Cooper said on CNN.
â€œHe calls them thugs? Who is the thug here? Hiding in a bunker? Hiding behind a suit? Who is the thug?â€ he snapped.
Cooper noted that the president in a White House statement Monday threatening violence against anti-racist protestersÂ â€œclaimed a power he doesnâ€™t really haveâ€ â€” he â€œcanâ€™t send the military into every state,â€ he said. â€œThatâ€™s not law and order.â€
What the â€œpresident doesnâ€™t seem to know or care is that the vast majority of those protesting, they, too, are calling for law and order. A Black man killed with four officers holding him down, a knee to the neck … thatâ€™s not law and order; thatâ€™s murder,â€ Cooper said.
He added: â€œIâ€™ve seen societies fall apart as a reporter …. Iâ€™ve seen countries ripped apart by hate and misinformation, and political demagogues and racism. We canâ€™t let that happen here.â€Â
CNNâ€™s Kaitlan Collins told Cooper that peaceful protesters were attacked with tear gas and batons Monday so the president could look like a tough leader as he strolled to a nearby church to hold aloft a Bible for a photo-op (which infuriated church leaders). Trump orchestrated the scene because he was â€œupsetâ€ by media coverage that he had been rushed to a bunker in the White House for safety Friday night during protests, sources told Collins.
â€œOh, my God,â€ Cooper responded.Â
Check out Cooperâ€™s statement in the video up top (beginning at 4:19) and Collinsâ€™ report here:
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