Trump Acting Like a “Caudillo” Again in Response to Protests

Legitimate, Peaceful Protest is Protected Under Our Constitution; Trump Should Embrace the First Amendment


Miami-Dade County, FL: Reports emerged Monday that Attorney General William Barr would be sending Federal riot teams to Washington DC and Miami. Instead of condemning the racist violence that started the nationwide protests, Donald Trump has encouraged division, instigated violence, and threatened protesters with shooting. Today, he urged governors to “dominate” protesters and give anyone arrested at these protests a 10-year jail sentence.

Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis drew a parallel between Trump’s behavior and the Latin American dictatorships from which many residents of South Florida fled.

“For many Miami-Dade residents who fled dictatorships in Latin America, Donald Trump’s behavior is an awful reminder of what they left behind,” said Steve Simeonidis, Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. “When Donald Trump attacks the press, and calls them ‘fake news,’ when Donald Trump claims that his authority to re-open states is ‘total,’ when Donald Trump threatens violence on peaceful protesters, when Donald Trump calls his political opponents ‘scum,’ and retweets videos that say ‘The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat,’ he is acting like a ‘caudillo,’ or a ‘demagogue strongman’—the kind of leader from whom many in South Florida have fled. We can’t allow another four years of Donald Trump’s chaos and authoritarian impulses.”

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