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Justin Trudeau’s Deafening Silence Over Trump Question Says It All

No need to say anything at all.

After days of silence on the George Floyd protests, Trump showed the world what a piece of shit he is when he emerged from the White House bunker and proceeded to tear gas some peaceful protesters at a nearby church just so he can get a bible-holding photo op in a vain attempt to prove he’s not a little bitch.

It was a move of a giant orange baby, not a world leader. So when Canadian PM Justin Trudeau was asked about Trump’s piss-poor handling of the George Floyd protests and that stupid church photo op, he responded with a 21-second pause that was more deafening than anything he could’ve possibly said.

The GOAT team talk about Trump’s photo op and Trudeau’s reaction on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

During Justin Trudeau’s daily briefing, the Canadian PM was asked to comment directly on Trump’s “words and actions” in handling the George Floyd protests and racial tensions in America, as well as Combover Caligula’s decision to tear gas peaceful protesters for his church photo op.

While Trudeau is normally pretty quick to answer and has more than enough snark to spare, this time he responded with a very, very long pause that lasted 21 seconds.

This wouldn’t be that big of a deal in a regular context, but given the situation in America and the famously frosty relationship between Justin Trudeau and Trump, the Canadian PM’s silence was more powerful and deafening than anything he could’ve said.

After what seemed like an eternity, Trudeau ended up giving a pretty stock answer without directly mentioning Trump: “We all watch in horror and consternation at what is going on in the United States. It is a time to pull people together … it is a time to listen. It is a time to learn, when injustices continue despite progress over years and decades.”

But it didn’t matter what Trudeau ended up saying. That 21-second pause was enough.

The reactions on Trudeau’s silence was split. Some progressives were annoyed at his non-answer instead of tearing Trump a new arsehole while others applauded how his 21-second pause and diplomatic answer was more than enough to express his disgust of Trump’s actions without jeopardising Canada/America relations.

Given the tense situation that’s going on in America, Justin Trudeau was wise to not get himself and Canada involved with whatever fustercluck is unfolding around Trump. And besides, what more could he have said about Trump and his shithouse handling of the George Floyd protests that wouldn’t have come off as preaching to the choir?

That 21-second pause said everything that needed to be said.

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How Are You Going To Follow Through With Your Blackout Tuesday Post?

There's more you can do than sharing a black tile.

The George Floyd protests against police brutality has been escalating in America, which has resulted in Black Lives Matter gathering a lot of momentum as more and more prominent voices are sharing their support for the movement. One particularly notable demonstration of support has been Blackout Tuesday.

Blackout Tuesday began with the music industry sharing black boxes on social media as a gesture of solidarity while raising awareness about systemic racism and police brutality, and quickly snowballed into a viral online campaign.

The GOAT team talk about Black Lives Matter and the protests over George Floyd’s death on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

But as well-intentioned as Blackout Tuesday is (especially compared to some other tone-deaf shout outs), there has been a number of negative consequences to the social media campaign that may be detrimental to the George Floyd protests against police brutality and Black Lives Matter.

As musicians, celebrities, and people with large followings started promoting Blackout Tuesday, the campaign quickly snowballed and soon black tiles appeared on every social media platform with the Black Lives Matter hashtag.

However, the use of Black Lives Matter hashtags caused important content and on-the-ground information for protesters to be buried under a sea of useless black tiles.

Given how important social media is for activists trying to organise demonstrations and to keep up to date on police movements, the Blackout Tuesday campaign was incredibly counter-productive on that front, forcing people to inform others to stop using the Black Lives Matter hashtag and to use Blackout Tuesday instead.

The Blackout Tuesday campaign, as well meaning as it is, has also given rise to the question of how to properly support Black Lives Matter and the George Floyd protests against police brutality.

Posting a black tile with a Blackout Tuesday hashtag doesn’t really count as activism. Anyone can do that. What’s more important is how to properly follow through. Real progress and lasting systemic change on addressing racism and police brutality doesn’t happen on social media, no matter how many black tiles are posted.

If you really want to do something to properly support Black Lives Matter, you can do things like donating to important funds and causes, actively advocating for anti-racism by volunteering, educating yourself on the issue, and actively supporting the movement by learning and spreading the information with friends and family.

It’s evidently clear that the racism and police brutality problem won’t be solved by our world leaders so it’s up to the people to do their part to instigate proper change. Posting black tiles as part of Blackout Tuesday is nice but just the first step of the journey.

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Trump, Who Hid In A Bunker, Is Making Things Worse With His Call To Action

No surprises there.

Trump has been uncharacteristically quiet, both on Twitter and in person, ever since Black Lives Matter protests over George Floyd’s death erupted across America. Apparently this is because rather than address the protests like a proper leader, Trump opted to go hide in the White House bunker, where phone reception is presumably too poor for him to tweet. Seriously, the wannabe tough-guy Cheeto-In-Chief hid in a bunker while protesters gathered.

Anyway, Trump has emerged from the White House bunker to give a much belated response to the nation about the George Floyd protests and he *checks notes* made things 100 percent worse.

The GOAT team talk about the George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Prior to Trump belated address to the nation about George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests, it is reported (via The New York Times) he got on the phone with the governors of each state to bitch about what a poor job they’re doing and how they look like weak “jerks” if they don’t “dominate” the protesters by arresting them.

Clearly Fu*kface Von Clownstick has had time to stew on his racist anger during his stay in the White House bunker while protests erupted across America and on his front lawn.

This was bad enough but then it got even worse when Trump actually made his address. We’ll spare you the pain of watching the entire thing because it’s a load of wannabe authoritarian bullshit that panders to his cult that was clearly written by a staffer, and was basically a rehash of the call he had with the state governors.

All you need to know is that he says he’s going to crackdown on the Black Lives Matter protests by mobilising federal resources, including the military, if governors don’t send in the national guard. He only briefly mentioned how there will be justice for George Floyd (which is a load of crap coming from him) and he painted the protesters as violent lunatics (which they aren’t) while not actually saying the words “Black Lives Matter” at all.

So yeah, Trump essentially declared war on his own people, which is clearly breaking the oath he swore as president but hey, we knew this was coming from day one.

Unsurprisingly, Trump showed no compassion whatsoever and took no questions from journalists and bailed as soon as he finished his speech. If you really must listen to it, you can do it here but be warned that you’ll lose a few brain cells if you do.

But the cherry on top of this horrendously callous cake that Trump is serving up came after his address. Police and the military cleared out a protest being held at a church near the White House just so Drumpf could hold up a bible in front of it for a massively tone-deaf photo op.

So yeah, after nearly a week of silence about George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests, and a stint of cowering in the White House Bunker, Trump has done his usual thing of making things worse.

At least we have Obama doing his best to be presidential from the shadows. Someone has to after all.

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