Wtf is Trump saying about the protests? Trump threatens to end protests with military.
After seven days of protests, President Trump addressed the nation.
WHAT DID HE SAY.
He emphasized the need for “law and order.” And urged mayors and governors to call in the National Guard to help end the violence at some of the protests over George Floyd’s death. It came just hours after he called on governors to “dominate” violent protesters. The president said he’d deploy the US military to “quickly solve the problem.”
THE U.S MILITARY?
Correct. He called the recent wave of violence and vandalism “acts of domestic terror.” And said America needs “justice not chaos.” He made clear that those who resort to violence will be “arrested, detained and prosecuted.” All of that came before a photo op at DC’s historic St. John’s Church, which had been set on fire amid protests. Officers used tear gas to clear the area for Trump’s visit.
CAN THE PRESIDENT ACTUALLY DEPLOY THE US MILITARY IN THE U.S?
History says so. A 19th century law – called the Posse Comitatus Act – says the military can’t be used to act like the police and arrest Americans. But the 1807 Insurrection Act allows Trump to bypass governors to deal with obstruction and civil unrest at home. The act hasn’t been invoked since the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, which were also over racial inequality and police brutality. This comes as 23 states have already called for the National Guard to help, and dozens of cities have imposed curfews.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW?
The protests continued overnight. And there was more violence. In St Louis, four police officers were struck by gunfire. An officer in Las Vegas was also shot. And at least nine people have reportedly been killed in violence related to the protests.
AMERICA IS DIVIDED.
The country is in crisis. Many Americans have been waiting to hear how the president plans to lead us through it. Now that he’s spoken, America remains divided. Some support Trump’s message emphasizing a commitment to “law and order.” Others are shaken by the potential for further violence as the president threatens to deploy the military against its own people.