Donald Trump threatened to deploy the military across the country to quell the George Floyd riots and ‘dominate’ the streets.
The president made the announcement Monday evening at the White House Rose Garden as explosions from tear gas canisters and helicopters could be heard in the background due to protests at the nation’s capital.
Trump said he want’s mayors and governors to establish ‘an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled,’ and threatened to ‘deploy the United States military to quickly solve the problem’ if they fail to do so.
The president’s announcement appeared to be a suggestion that he may invoke the of the Insurrection Act of 1807, which is a federal law that ‘governs the ability of the President of the United States to deploy military troops within the United States to suppress civil disorder, insurrection and rebellion.’
‘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.
Moments later, Trump was photographed alone posing with a Bible in front of the church.
The president short briefing seemed to be in reference to a video call he made Monday morning to governors in which he demanded they arrest violent protesters and jail them for ten years.
‘You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over your, you’re going to have to look like a bunch of jerks,’ Trump said according to a recording of the call obtained by ABC.
‘Washington was under very good control, but we’re going to have it under much more control. We’re going to pull in thousands of people.’
Trump allegedly went on tell the governors they need to ‘arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you’ll never see this stuff again,’ the president went on to say to the governors – with one participant saying that Trump’s tone seemed ‘unhinged.’
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