Minutes after Military Police used tear gas and flash bangs on peaceful civilians protesting in front of the White House Monday evening President Donald Trump broke two days of silence to threaten the American people. And the American people responded in extreme anger.
In a short speech that was part a campaign rally stump and part totalitarian dictator threat, the President of the United States announced if governors do not call up the National Guard in massive numbers he will "solve the problem" of protests with a tremendous show of force.
"We will end it now," Trump threatened, referring to the protests against the police killing of George Floyd, protests that have spanned seven days and nights and over 100 cities and towns. He ordered governors to "dominate the streets" with the National Guard.
"If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them," Trump threatened.
BREAKING: "If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of the… https://t.co/HkiyeWtP9Z— ABC News (@ABC News)1591052273.0
Here's what Americans are saying about Trump's threats.
Trump isn't giving a speech in the Rose Garden, he's introducing his fascist police state. https://t.co/SWMkqJNYjF— Adam Best (@Adam Best)1591052274.0
For those keeping score at home: The President refused to invoke the Defense Production Act to mobilize and save l… https://t.co/iHskuUsArM— Graham Brookie (@Graham Brookie)1591052333.0
Trump is all in on the strongman demagoguery: If mayors and governors don't stop the riots, "I will deploy the US m… https://t.co/mHJ3AYfM4C— David Corn (@David Corn)1591051823.0
I’m speechless. The president called protesters terrorists and threatens to deploy the military on people in pain a… https://t.co/N9HtBuNiO1— Robert C. White, Jr. (@Robert C. White, Jr.)1591052083.0
Trump goes full-fascist at the Rose Garden as he threatens with unleashing the military on civilians. https://t.co/S9TMBOiOyv— 𝓞𝔀𝓷𝓡𝓾𝓵𝓮𝓼 (@𝓞𝔀𝓷𝓡𝓾𝓵𝓮𝓼)1591051893.0
Fuck Donald Trump. Fuck that fascist fuck.— David Carroll 🗳 (@David Carroll 🗳)1591051795.0
Trump has declared war on America.— Untucked with Jeremy Newberger (@Untucked with Jeremy Newberger)1591051702.0
Anyone who supported Donald Trump, anyone who enabled him, you own this, too: a pathetic weakling who is trying to… https://t.co/pUmOM8ZcH1— Bruce Arthur (@Bruce Arthur)1591052021.0
Worth re-stating in light of Trump invoking the Insurrection Act to justify using the military against an imaginary… https://t.co/krqCbl01AT— Jess Phoenix 🌋 (@Jess Phoenix 🌋)1591052440.0
There has to be a reckoning. None of this 'look forward not backward' shit. We're going to need tribunals. https://t.co/5wUITsxJkM— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@Joshua Holland 🔥)1591053014.0