Trump: I Will Deploy the U.S. Military If Governors Don’t Quell Violent Protesters

By Melanie Arter | June 1, 2020 | 7:44pm EDT
US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 27, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 27, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump announced Monday that he is urging every governor to deploy the National Guard to quell the violence of protesters that has erupted in major cities around the country in the wake of the killing of George Floyd during an arrest by the Minnesota police. 

He ordered mayors and governors to “establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence is quelled.” If they refuse to do so, the president plans to deploy the U.S. military to “quickly solve the problem.”

“All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd. My administration is fully committed that for George and his family, justice will be served. He will not have died in vain, but we cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob,” he said during a speech in the White House Rose Garden.



The biggest victims of the rioting are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities, and as their president, I will fight to keep them safe. I will fight to protect you. I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters, but in recent days, our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa and others. 

A number of state and local governments have failed to take necessary action to safeguard their residence, Innocent people have been savagely beaten like the young man in Dallas, Texas, who was left dying on the street or the woman in upstate New York, viciously attacked by dangerous thugs. Small business owners have seen their dreams utterly destroyed. 

New York's finest have been hit in the face with bricks. Brave nurses who have battled the virus are afraid to leave their homes. A police precinct has been overrun. Here in the nation's capital, the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II memorial have been vandalized. One of our most historic churches was set ablaze. A federal officer in California, an African-American enforcement hero was shot and killed. 

 

Trump said that these are “acts of domestic terror,” adding that “the spilling innocent blood is an offense to humanity and a crime against God.”

“These are not acts of peaceful protest. These are acts of domestic terror. The destruction of innocent life and the spilling of innocent blood is an offense to humanity and a crime against God. America needs creation, not destruction, cooperation, not contempt, security, not anarchy, healing not hatred, justice, not chaos. This is our mission, and we will succeed 100%,” he said.

“That is why I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America. I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights,” Trump said.

“Therefore, the following measures are going into effect immediately. First, we are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now. Today, I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets,” the president said.

“Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled. If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residence, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” he said.

The president also announced a 7 pm curfew for the District of Columbia, which will be “strictly enforced.” In addition, he plans to dispatch the U.S. military and law enforcement officers to stop the looting, violence, rioting, and destruction of property.

“I am also taking swift and decisive action to protect our great capital, Washington, D.C. What happened in this city last night was a total disgrace. As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property,” Trump said.

“We are putting everybody on warning our 7:00 curfew will be strictly enforced. Those who threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.

Trump put “the organizers of this terror” on notice “that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail,” and that goes for antifa and others instigating violence. He said that once law and order is fully restored, the administration “will help you.”

“We will help your business, and we will help your family. America is founded upon the rule of law. It is the foundation of our prosperity, our freedom and our very way of life, but where there is no law, there is no opportunity. Where there is no justice, there is no liberty. Where there is no safety, there is no future. We must never give in to anger or hatred. If malice or violence reigns, then none of us is free,” he said.

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