On Tuesday, June 2, MSNBC’s Morning Joe talked at length about William Barr’s ill-advised decision to launch smoke and flash grenades at peaceful protesters just so President Donald Trump could walk across Lafayette Square and take a photo in front of St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C.
The New York Times called the problematic plan to clear protesters “a burst of violence unlike any seen in the shadow of the White House in generations,” noting that it will be looked at as a “defining moment” in the Trump presidency.
Paul Butler, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, was a guest on Morning Joe the day after the violent confrontation. He spoke with the show’s co-host Willie Geist about the incident and compared the stunt to those we are used to seeing on the Drag Race main stage.
“Willie, you said it reminded you of The Apprentice, but it reminded me of RuPaul’s Drag Race, with the elaborate staging and props,” Butler said.
Yeah I said it. On @Morning_Joe about @realDonaldTrump's caper at the church. @WillieGeist said it reminded him of The Apprentice. But Trump's stunt is more like @RuPaulsDragRace – the pageantry and the props! Except Ru serves it without Trump's violence and toxic masculinity. https://t.co/OOVpMjdA4n
— Paul Butler (@LawProfButler) June 3, 2020
We have to agree that yes, Drag Race has some sickening sets, but the wigs are much better than the one we saw outside of St. John’s.
Election Day is five months from today, June 3, so in the immortal words of Shea Couleé:
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 5 premieres Friday, June 5 at 8/7c on VH1.