President Trump demanding a tougher reaction to the George Floyd protests risks worsening the situation, suggests Frida Ghitis of CNN. At a time when the country needs a leader who calls for unity and calms tempers, he is creating further antagonism and division. It appears that he is doing so to rally his political base and cement his image as a tough "law and order" leader to help his reelection chances. This only sows division and partisanship. It throws fuel on the fire, making many communities angrier when they are already suffering real pain and grief. It would've been better had Trump said nothing at all.
President Trump is right to call for better policing in the wake of protests, holds Rich Lowry of National Review. It is the absence of police that encourages looting and destruction. By having officers on-site to keep rioters in check, much damage can be avoided. So far, we have seen a strong lack of leadership among local governors, who have refrained from using more law enforcement in fear of seeming too oppressive. It was this thinking that led to the torching of a Minneapolis police station. If protesters aren't checked, they might very well commit more violence and damage more property. Law and order are needed.