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Trump intensifies assaults on the Black Lives Matter motion for racial justice

United States President Donald Trump speaks at a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda on June 24, 2020 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC.

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump launched his most direct attack on the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice on Thursday.

Trump picked up a quote from a man who leads a marginalized group of the Black Lives Matter and a song that is not popular with protesters, and suggested in tweets that the loosely organized movement is a threat to racial justice.

Trump quoted Walter "Hawk" Newsome, who was a guest of Fox News earlier in the day. In the same interview, Newsome also said that BLM activists should be applauded for arming themselves with weapons, and he said that his threat to "burn down this system" could be either figurative or literal, depending on the point of view.

In his tweet, Trump mistakenly described Newsome as "the leader of the Black Lives Matter". In reality, Newsome has repeatedly angered the founders of the official Black Lives Matter movement by adopting its nickname and raising money with it while advocating a racial justice approach that is far more militant than the main branch of the Black Lives Matter movement .

A BLM spokesman who commented on Newsome's Fox News interview said to CNBC: "As BLM has said Mr. Newsome in the past and how it still applies today, the Mr. Newsome group is not a chapter by BLM and has not included a chapter Agreement with BLM on compliance with the basic principles of BLM. "

CNBC turned to the White House to ask if the president knew that Newsome wasn't actually a "leader of the Black Lives Matter," but a spokesman didn't answer questions.

Exactly a minute after Trump tweeted Newsome's quote, he posted another tweet about BLM.

This time Trump scolded New York Mayor Bill De Blasio's recently announced decision to paint a mural titled "Black Lives Matter" on Fifth Avenue in front of one of the Trump Towers, the site of Trump's former residence. It is one of five such murals that are painted across the city.

Trump claims in the tweet that a song about killing the police is "their song" related to the Black Lives Matter movement. But this chant was not popular with demonstrators in New York or elsewhere in the country after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis in late May.

Five minutes after the wall tweet, Trump tweeted: "LAW AND ORDER!" one of his most frequently repeated sayings since the beginning of the nationwide racial justice movement triggered by Floyd's death.

The tweets come at the end of a week when the president, who lags far behind Democrat Joe Biden in presidential elections, has repeatedly tried to sow new racial divisions among Americans.

For the past seven days, Trump has been using a racist nickname for the deadly coronavirus, demanding the restoration of a fallen Confederate statue in Washington, tweeting context-free videos of blacks attacking white people, and tweeting a doctoral video that is said to be a "racist baby" shows "and accused former President Barack Obama of" treason ".

By waging the same cultural wars that helped Trump win the White House in 2016, the president hopes to motivate his key supporters and drive a wedge between the white middle-class voters in the suburbs and the activists who are in cities throughout Protest country.

However, surveys increasingly show that Trump's strategy is backfire. Instead of opposing Trump's protests, some of which have become violent, a majority of Americans say the country's leaders should focus on the underlying reasons for the protests, not on crackdown on protesters, even those who violate the law.

A New York Times / Siena College poll released this week found that 63% of registered voters said they would prefer to support a presidential candidate "who focuses on the cause of protests, even if the protests are too far go". Only 31% said they would prefer to support a candidate who says "we have to be tough on demonstrations that go too far."

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