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National Guard ‘demoralized’ after being called in against George Floyd protesters to please Trump: report

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The New York Times reported Wednesday that the only reason the National Guard was called in was not to clear protesters for President Donald Trump’s photo-op, but to “appease him.” Now there’s an investigation into why peaceful protests turned violent.

One white National Guard commander told the Times it was “the Alamo,” while some Black members of the D.C. Guard won’t even tell their families were there.

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In the Texas battle with Mexico at the Alamo, Mexico won, so it’s unclear how the commander thinks the siege on Lafayette Square was similar.

Attorney General Bill Barr said that he ordered the “clearing” of the protesters, but claimed it was done hours prior for the president’s photo-op. Now, there is a call to uncover what happened and why the siege on the protesters was so violent.

“There has been a torrent of criticism from Congress, senior retired military officers and Guard members themselves since more than 5,000 Guard troops — from the District of Columbia and a dozen states — were rushed to the streets of the capital to help in the crackdown on mostly peaceful protesters and occasional looters after the killing of George Floyd in police custody,” said the Times. “The D.C. Guard has halted recruiting efforts, and at least four National Guard troops have tested positive for the coronavirus.”

The Guard members are typically sent to other states to help after hurricanes or other natural disasters, but now, the Times reported that they “feel demoralized and exhausted.” One soldier said he and some of his fellow guard members “were so ashamed in taking part against the protests that they have kept it from family members.”

“Typically, as the D.C. National Guard, we are viewed as the heroes,” said a different soldier.

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“It’s a very tough conversation to have when a soldier turns to me and they’re saying, ‘Hey sir, you know my cousin was up there yelling at me, that was my neighbor, my best friend from high school,’” said Lieutenant Jenkins-Bey, a Black guardsman.

The Times then dug into who was stationed where and what official was behind the command to send in helicopters to scare protesters. Guardsmen revealed that they didn’t have the training to handle crowds and some were even just out of basic training with no experience working with the public.

“But General Mark Milley and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy warned the Guard throughout the day that if it could not control the protests, Mr. Trump would most likely call in the 82nd Airborne,” said the Times. “The pressure was particularly intense on the D.C. Guard, which had the only sizable military force on the streets.”

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Trump Organization planning ‘high-end’ retirement community — with 225 properties — on foreign soil: report

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The Trump Organization is planning a massive real estate development, according to a new report by Martyn McLaughlin in The Scotsman.

"In what would be one of the most ambitious and expensive foreign projects undertaken by Donald Trump’s family business since he assumed the presidency, his company has commissioned a detailed masterplan to develop as many as 225 properties, as well as leisure facilities and shops, on an expanse of rolling farmland adjacent to Turnberry’s lauded Ailsa course, a four-time host of golf’s Open Championship," the Scottish newspaper reported.

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WATCH: Video shows how Trump makes his caddie hang on to the back of the golf cart

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Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and economic catastrophe, the leader of the free world spent the weekend golfing at his private, for-profit golf course in Virginia.

For the second day in a row, Donald Trump's presidential motorcade traveled to Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

"Today marks the president’s 86th day trip to Sterling," reported HuffPost correspondent S.V. Dáte, who was the White House pool reporter for print covering the day's events.

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NRA slammed for saying AR-15 rifles are just ‘an everyday gun for everyday citizens’

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The debate over firearms in America heated up over the weekend as AR-15 trended nationwide on Twitter.

The discussion followed a tweet by the National Rifle Association praising firearms platform, which are widely referred to as assault rifles.

"The AR-15 is the modern day musket," the NRA tweeted. "An everyday gun for everyday citizens."

David Hogg, who co-founded "A March for Our Lives" after surviving a mass shooting at his high school in Parkland, Florida was one of man people who slammed the NRA.

6 minutes 20 seconds Is all it took for the shooter at my high school to fire over 100 rounds from his AR-15 to shoot 34 people.

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