|Toronto Star 03 Jun 2020 at 16:12|
On the streets of Washington, The Star’s Edward Keenan provides analysis on the extremes of the protests as well as the signs of everyday life unfolding around him, as well as seeing democracy in action. To give us a dispatch from Trump’s DC, the Star’s Washington Bureau Chief shares what’s he seen and checks the moods of a divided America.
It has been a week of protests and rage in the United States, as civil unrest takes over major cities over , a black man whose killing by police officers was captured on video.
Since then there have been protests in over 40 U.S. Cities, many peaceful, but instances of violence and looting, with curfews enacted in several jurisdictions. Washington, D.C., has seen its share of both, including at the White House, where President Trump has denounced the violent protests as “domestic terrorism.”
Trump’s approval ratings had already taken a hit from his heavily criticized approach to handling the COVID-19 pandemic, but now there are those that feel he has embraced authoritarian tactics, especially after having authorities violently disperse a peaceful protest so he could take a photo op.