This is what a President sounds like:
And note what he says. He explicitly does not condemn protest. And rightly so. I just hope many heed his call to vote as well.
And this it's what a dejected former General who was also Trump's defence secretary sounds like. These are the words of James Mattis:
Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.
We can come through this trying time stronger, and with a renewed sense of purpose and respect for one another. The pandemic has shown us that it is not only our troops who are willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of the community. Americans in hospitals, grocery stores, post offices, and elsewhere have put their lives on the line in order to serve their fellow citizens and their country. We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution. At the same time, we must remember Lincoln’s “better angels,” and listen to them, as we work to unite.
Why post both of these, when I have my differences with both these people on many political issues? Because they are speaking across political divides to issues that are fundamental, and most especially the equal rights of all that have to be respected and are not being so by Trump.
This is a moment to realise that Trump is very different.
As too, I should say, is Johnson.
And that we are not seeing normal political events. We are witnessing right-wing insurgency. And I welcome those who stand against it. We need to make broad alliances at times like this to preserve the essential qualities of society. We can argue the detail - and there is much to argue about - afterwards.