Not the riots. I put these monthly diaries together from things I've jotted down as they occurred to me through the month, in approximate chronological order.
At the time this diary goes up on VDARE.com at the beginning of June, all the news is about the anti-cop and anti-white riots. Those riots didn't start up until the last few days of May, though. The few things I had to say about them in May, I put into my May 29th podcast. I shall have more to say on the topic in my June podcasts and diary.
So this May diary is riot-free. It's not about the riots. This is either (a) a serious dereliction of commentarial duty on my part, or (b) a welcome relief to readers from all the riot coverage. You be the judge.
Why is this case the one inciting mass protests? Ninety-nine percent of the country is denouncing the Minneapolis police in the most damnable terms possible over the death of George Floyd. The 99% are demanding that the 1% “hear their voices”?
The arrest certainly looks awful. Everything is going along relatively peacefully as Floyd is walked to a police van, then there’s some commotion out of sight of the camera—and suddenly you see Floyd pinned to the ground, an officer’s knee on his neck. How did that happen?
One reason some of us are waiting for all the facts is that we suspect the media may not be extra scrupulous in cases that give them the opportunity to wail about “systemic racism.”
It turns out, for example, Floyd didn’t die of asphyxiation. According to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s report cited in the criminal complaint charging Officer Derek Chauvin with murder, he died of a heart attack. The autopsy also found Floyd had fentanyl in his system, had recently used methamphetamine, had coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. Two weeks ago, this would have been another COVID-19 death.
Could the end possibly be near for First Son-In-Law Jared Kushner now that President Trump has broken free and finally addressed the nation on the George Floyd riots Monday night; and key Fox host Tucker Carlson has roasted him? Kushner, Carlson noted, has throttled Trump’s best instincts on every issue that got him elected, most recently law and order. Kushner caused Trump to dither for days as looters and arsonists set cities ablaze. But then came Monday’s hard-nosed speech and provocative photo op. Perhaps, just perhaps, Kushner’s subversion is over. It’s the one thing Trump’s Keep American Great disciples must pray for and that would help Trump win on November 3.
On Monday night, during a blistering 32-minute monologue, Carlson fired up his flamethrower [Tucker Carlson: “No One Has More Contempt For Donald Trump's Voters Than Jared Kushner,” by Ian Schwartz, Real Clear Politics, June 1, 2020].
Two Carlson highlights:
This was a bold move by Carlson. Attacking Trump’s relatives is usually a losing battle, as former adviser Steve Bannon learned the hard way [Bannon’s Trump defense loses White House support as strains grow, by Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg, November 4, 2019].
But Carlson, who has high-level access to Trump, has had enough of Kushner, and he surely knows about Trump’s distaste for Kushner’s advice. Recall that Trump joked that Ivanka could have married all-star quarterback Tom Brady, but “instead,” The Donald said, “I got Jared Kushner.” Two years ago, Trump said, “Jared hasn’t been so good for me,” and “told friends and his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, that he wished both Jared and Ivanka would return to New York” [Still Standing, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Step Back in the Spotlight, by Maggie Haberman and Katie Rogers, The New York Times, July 28, 2018].
Dear law-abiding Americans:
You have done nothing wrong.
Being white is not a crime. Being a Trump voter is not a crime. Being a police officer sworn to "protect and serve" every day is not a crime. Being a non-white police officer proud to uphold and enforce law and order is not a crime. Being a black or brown or yellow American who rejects excusing criminal behavior is not a crime.
When nationwide race riots broke out over the death of George Floyd Leftist Main Stream Media operatives brought up the August 2017 Charlottesville Unite The Right rally in an attempt to smear President Trump:
My initial reaction, as one of the organizers of the Unite The Right Rally: there is simply NO COMPARISON between how badly white activists were treated at our event compared to the kid glove treatment of these black rioters today. And, at the most obvious level, this is clearly true. In Charlottesville, we had to win a hard-fought victory in federal court even to have the right to demonstrate in the first place. Then the Democrat-controlled city government conspired to sabotage the event. Police stood down and allowed Black Lives Matter and Antifa carte blanche to attack UTR demonstrators so that an “unlawful assembly” could be declared.