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MUHAMMAD: Bowser 2, Trump 0

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has joined the ranks of April Ryan, Yamiche Alcindor and other Black women who have bettered Donald J. Trump in mortal hand-to-hand combat.

Mr. COVID-45 is known for his potty mouth and feigned toxic masculinity, especially when it comes to Black female adversaries, but he’s only managed to score a series of humiliating defeats against the SisStars.

In the latest round, Dude withdrew federal troops from D.C., after widespread complaints about their presence, lacking anything approaching an emergency justifying them, and after Bowser went all Third Amendment to the Constitution upside his head, ordering the troops to vacate the hotels where they had been quartered. “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law,” the amendment reads.

Bowser 1, Trump 0.

COVID-45 would have had a good week, and scored a big win when the Labor Department announced a reduction in unemployment claims during the month of May to 13 million, rather than the expected surge to 20 million jobless. The only thing is, he got smacked around so viciously by his former Defense secretary, retired Gen. James Mattis, and his former chief of staff, retired Gen. John Kelly, that even with the surging stock market which the jobless numbers produced, his positive gain was wiped out.

Just as Dude tried to wallow in military symbols, threatening to deploy “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons” against peaceful protestors complaining of police brutality outside the White House, the two former high-ranking administration officials publicly rebuked him.

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try,” Mattis said in a statement sent to reporters on June 3. “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 need to unite around a common purpose. And it starts by guaranteeing that all of us are equal before the law.”

Beatdown!

Earlier in the week, after he was humiliated about reports that he snuck into the doomsday bunker in the White House basement, seeking shelter after protestors breached a fence on the eastern perimeter of the grounds near the Treasury Department, he sought to regain his mojo by promenading through Lafayette Square to St. John’s Episcopal Church where he posed outside holding a Bible.

He did not need to go inside (he hasn’t attended that or most any other church very often during his three and a half years in office), and he was decidedly unwelcome by church officials, if he had wanted to go in. He had made matters worse by having law-abiding, peaceful demonstrators cleared from the area with tear gas and flash grenades, so he could calmly stroll for that photo-op — the Bible-thumping “Jesus President.”

A group of nine New England Episcopal bishops called the stunt “disgraceful and morally repugnant.” Another, Robert Hendrickson of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Tucson, wrote on Twitter, “This is an awful man, waving a book he hasn’t read, in front of a church he doesn’t attend, invoking laws he doesn’t understand, against fellow Americans he sees as enemies, wielding a military he dodged serving, to protect power he gained via accepting foreign interference, exploiting fear and anger he loves to stoke, after failing to address a pandemic he was warned about, and building it all on a bed of constant lies and childish inanity.”

His trip the next day to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington with first lady Melania Trump was against the expressed wishes of the Washington Archbishop.

“I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree,” Archbishop Wilton Gregory said in a statement.

So, Trump was scoreless for the week, even when he branded Bowser “incompetent.” But then she executed a masterful move. Rallying the full force of District agencies, she painted the pavement on the two blocks of 16th Street between K and H streets approaching Dude’s residence with 50-foot-tall letters reading “BLACK LIVES MATTER,” and had street signs installed declaring the space “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”

Checkmate! A slam dunk, right in his face!

That was The Week That Was for Mayor Muriel, and That Wasn’t for Donald J.

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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