Thanks, Joe, for Speaking Truth to Power!

Terry Baum
3 min readSep 7, 2020


I am grateful to Joe Biden for clearly naming what Trump is doing: Stoking the flames of chaos in hopes that it will get The Orange One re-elected.

Biden spoke in Pittsburgh on Monday:

“Fires are burning and we have a president who fans the flames rather than fighting the flames. But we must not burn, we have to build. This president, long ago, forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can’t stop the violence because for years he’s fomented it. He may believe mouthing the words ‘law and order’ makes him strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows how weak he is. He keeps telling us if he was president you’d feel safe. Well, he IS president, whether he knows it or not.”

Trump is using the exact ploy that Mussolini, the Fascist Italian dictator used to come to power in 1922. He exploited violent clashes between groups of his armed supporters, the Blackshirts, and their left-wing opponents. Once the violence destabilized Italian society, then Mussolini positioned himself as the only person who could stop the very violence that he had caused.

Biden also disavowed all protest that is violent:

“I’m going to be very clear about all of this. Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting. It’s lawlessness. Plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted. Violence will not bring change.”

I could not agree more.

I’m not interested in discussing anymore whether it is understandable to express one’s outrage at police brutality by setting fire to a small business or hurling a water bottle at a cop. I am only interested in whether these destructive protests are working right now as a STRATEGY:


And puh-leeze do not bring up Biden’s enthusiastic support of fracking in the same speech. Guess what? The other guy is not only going to frack the country’s ass off, he’s going to use the gas he gets to put heat lamps on all the golf courses, so he can choke on a putt when it’s snowing! If only he’d choke on his putter instead of his putt…

We are in big trouble. Trump has crossed several scary lines recently — including refusing to disavow the fatal violence of his teenage supporter in Kenosha. He is shamelessly stoking the flames. We need a LEADER who speaks clearly and simply about why we must evict the current occupant of the White House. Biden is that leader. I didn’t think he could do it, but he is doing it. I am grateful to him.

I must say that I’m afraid. For me, Biden is the bright spot. I’m glad he’s going to Kenosha today to help “heal,” whatever that means. I look forward to hearing/seeing him there. I look forward.

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Terry Baum

Terry Baum is an actress, director, teacher, filmmaker, political activist, and award-winning lesbian playwright. Her blog BAUMBLOG is a “Top 100 LGBTQ Blog.”