Donald Trump is trying to turn the recent violent protests to his political advantage, labelling the Democrats as weak and painting himself as the ‘law-and-order’ President, according to The Australian’s Paul Kelly.
The US president has vowed to deploy the military unless states halt violent protests following the death of George Floyd.
Mr Floyd, aged 46, died after a police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes during his arrest for allegedly using a fake $20 note in a shop, despite him warning that he could not breathe.
In the wake of the death, civil unrest broke out across several US cities.
While many protested against police brutality peacefully, some used the opportunity to riot and loot.
Mr Kelly said after weeks of poor polling due to COVID-19, President Trump is trying to “seize upon this crisis.”
“Trump is basically saying, these demonstrations are about law and order, there are anarchist at work, there are professional stirrers at work.
“This is a question of law and order, I am in the president who can deal with this, the Democrats are weak, ineffective, they are appeasers, they can’t handle this sort of situation.
“On the other hand, this should benefit Joe Biden, because essentially Trump is putting his personal self interest ahead of the interests of the United States.”