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Trump's ‘Law and Order': One More Deceptive Tactic Is Exposed

Added 01-16-21 03:40:04am EST - “The president’s response to the riot at the Capitol underscored the ways he has twisted the phrase “law and order” over the past four years.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Trump’s ‘Law and Order’: One More Deceptive Tactic Is Exposed”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The president’s response to the riot at the Capitol underscored the ways he has twisted the phrase “law and order” over the past four years.

WASHINGTON — For years, the phrase rolled off his tongue in times of strife, a rallying cry to his predominantly white base.

So it was unsurprising when, on the day after his supporters stormed the Capitol, he uttered those familiar three words just 20 seconds into a video filmed from the White House.

He teed up the language as he often does, steadying his cadence before the big reveal of the first word — law — and letting it linger for half a beat before unfurling the rest: and order.

Yet Mr. Trump’s face, expressionless as it was, appeared to register a different truth: That in the aftermath of the attack, where his supporters overwhelmed the police and created anarchy, his favored mantra had become all but meaningless.

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