I heard a liberal commentator opining that Democrat mayors of places like Portland and Kenosha are uncomfortable with a vigorous response to looting and rioting because it would look like they were doing what Trump wanted.

I blame Trump for a lot. A lot that’s wrong in the country comes from supporters emboldened by him or adversaries justifiably enraged by him.

But I also remember the Cold War, when many Americans acted as if we must oppose anything the Soviet Union supported. That was stupid then and its analog is stupid now.

I cannot blame Donald Trump for a politically-tinged refusal by any Democrat elected official to carry out the most basic duty of government even if he is an idiot who invites idiocy in response.