The BLM protests have entered a new phase. Team Trump is at least using personnel not trained for this duty to create violence and burnish his law and order campaign theme. At worst, it's a dress rehearsal for disrupting the campaign in September and October, and maybe even voting in November. I'm heartened that in Portland the tactic has unquestionably backfired, as the Wall of Moms and Wall of Vets have fought back and created its own narrative. But I think this is going to be an ongoing story because Barr and Trump are proto-fascists. One of the sadder aspects is that he's creating intergovernmental conflict at a time (COVID) when we need intergovernmental cooperation.