France is burning (again), and US President Donald Trump is (again) protesting overseas against his own agenda.
In a Saturday morning tweet, Trump weighed the last round of the weekend unrest in Paris, claiming that the demonstrators had sung "We Want Trump" and argued that the Paris climate agreement was blamed for the protests. (Trump withdrew the US from the trailblazing agreement last year and reiterated that decision last week when he refused to sign the non-binding joint statement of the G20 that promises to fight climate change.)
The President implied that France's protest, which had begun in response to rising taxes on gas and diesel, had something to do with people "not paying much to Third World countries (who are run questionably) to protect the environment."
It is a transparent attempt by the President to turn a major political crisis to his own advantage. France is experiencing continuing riots that have led to hundreds of arrests, thousands of dollars in property damage and several deaths.
The Paris Agreement does not work so well for Paris. Protests and riots throughout France. People do not want to pay a lot of money to third world countries (which are operated questionably) to protect the environment. "We want Trump!" Love France (19459003) – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 08, 2018
The protests started on November 17, when French drivers staged a demonstration against President Emmanuel Macron's Gas Taxes, which depended on France's dependency minimize fossil fuels. But the "Gilets Jaunes" movement, named after the "yellow west" that protesters wear, has since developed into anti-elitist riots, some claiming to have "escaped from their ancestors."
While the government has deferred its plans for fuel After the tax increases, the demonstrators are now calling for a redistribution of tax revenues to the working class and the creation of a Democratic Citizens' Assembly, as well as a series of political and institutional reforms, as indicated by a series of demands French Environment Minister François were presented de Rugy.
Paris is closed today. At the famous Champs Elysées and around the city, between 1,500 and 8,000 demonstrators gathered for Saturday's protest called "Round 4". Tear gas and rubber bullets have already been carried out They destroyed demonstrators across the country, while in Paris several cars were set on fire, mainly in the more prosperous arrondissements, as the police tried to keep small groups of Viole at bay, not protesters.
But nowhere in these riots was "We Want Trump" songs heard, reported Le Monde, France's leading newspaper. In an update that responded to Trump's tweet, the newspaper wrote that none of its journalists reporting on the protests had heard this slogan. Chants that have been reported include "Macron Resign!" And "Go home, bourgeois!"
A video circulating online shows demonstrators saying, "We want Trump," while a man in a rubber trump is wearing mask dances dancing on top of a bus, but like Vox's Jennifer Williams and Alex Ward points out that the video is from the UK – and it's not even clear that the vocals are absolutely serious on their own agenda
This is not the first time that Trump has voiced the Paris protests about himself and his agenda ,
On Tuesday, he released a totally inaccurate tweet from Charlie Kirk, a 25-year-old Conservative and Trump supporter. Kirk claimed the riots were "because of radical left-wing fuel taxes" and it was a "rebellion of the middle class against cultural Marxism":
There is unrest in socialist France over radical left fuel taxes
Media barely mentioning this
] America is booming, Europe is burning
They want to cover up the revolt of the middle class against cultural Marxism.
"We want Trump to be sung through the streets of Paris
– Charlie Kirk (@ charliekirk11) December 4, 2018
As Jennifer Williams and Alex Ward of Vox point out, that is Fuel tax far from a "radical left", since Macron does not use the tax to support or expand social welfare. The protests have more to do with Macron's elitism and found contempt for the working class despicable:
Although the protests may have started with the fuel tax, they have since become a broader indictment of Macron's dealings with the French economy and his elitist Disregard for the effects of his policy on the French working class.
France's economy is growing, but very slowly. The bulk of the growth is concentrated in its big cities like Paris and those on the periphery and in rural communities have not seen much. In addition, the rural population in France is much more dependent on cars than on the city dwellers, which is why many in these regions are the most annoyed with gas taxes.
Kirk also claimed that "we want Trump" was sung on the streets. That's probably where Trump picked up on this idea. It has not become more accurate for several days.