Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu told CNN on Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s desire to unleash a militarized police force on American citizens stems from his belief in white supremacy.
While discussing the president’s declaration that he will use military force to shut down violent protests in American cities, Landrieu linked the president’s racism with his eagerness to use violence to crack down on riots.
“He believes, in some form or fashion, white people are superior to African Americans,” he said “That is essentially the problem with almost all of the institutional bias that we have talked about… he believes that militarizing the streets of America is the way to end this particular problem. He could not be more wrong.”
The former New Orleans mayor then described why deploying the military throughout American cities would be disastrous.
“Constitutionally, he’s incorrect and the military should not have boots on the streets of America, treating america like a battleground and American citizens liken enemy combatants. The First Amendment gives Americans the right to protest and address grievances against the government. That is what it is that is happening right now because what’s being protested are some serious problems that have to be fixed for all of us.”
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LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."
Here are some of the videos of the scene:
A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4
— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020
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WATCH: Trump reveals how he can manipulate Democrats to help him put Ted Cruz on the Supreme Court
President Donald Trump spoke about his plans for the Supreme Court during a Friday night campaign rally in Bemidji, Minnesota.
Trump took the stage before news was announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died and appeared to not know of the Supreme Court vacancy.
Trump explained to his audience why he had put Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his shortlist for a Supreme Court nomination.
“I said, you know, I have to have someone that we’re going sure we get approved and the only one I could think of is Ted, because he’s going to get 50 Republican votes and he’s going to get 50 Democrat votes — they’ll do anything to get him out of the Senate," Trump said.