- Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sunday said President Donald Trump’s “version of American politics is his version of Hunger Games.”
- Emanuel said in a roundtable on ABC’s “This Week” that Trump is “literally pitting American against American” when “Americans are exhausted of this constant conflict.”
- Trump has been rejecting his advisers’ concerns of stoking divisive messages to prompt grievance from white voters, according to previous reports from The New York Times and Washington Post.
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Former Chicago Mayor Rham Emanuel slammed President Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric and leadership as a version of “Hunger Games.”
Emanuel appeared on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday shortly after the White House announced Trump’s plans to travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin to meet with law enforcement and Jacob Blake’s family one week after Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot by police.
Speaking on the planned trip, Emanuel asked: “Does anybody for a moment think that he’s bringing calm — or chaos and conflict?”
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“His version of American politics is his version of Hunger Games,” Rahm added. “He is literally pitting American against American.”
He said that Trump’s divisive politics is “not the solution” when “Americans are exhausted of this constant conflict.”
Emanuel’s comments come after months of protests for racial equality and justice emerged across the US in response to George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis police custody.
Trump has often raised alarms with his dismissive and antagonistic responses to the protests, including a tweet he posted in May that said in part, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
After Twitter flagged his tweet for “glorifying violence,” Trump defended that the tweet was “spoken as a fact, not as a statement.” In June, Trump shared then deleted a video of a white man chanting “white power.”
Meanwhile, The New York Times reported last month that several aides have “urged” the president to “modulate his rhetoric” as Trump continued to stoke unrest with divisive rhetoric amid protests against police brutality.
But Trump has ignored these concerns and remains convinced he must focus on the “grievances of his core base of white voters” to win the election, according to the Washington Post.