Trump: Authorities Must ‘Dominate The Streets’ To Stop Riots

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On Monday, President Trump urged governors to “deploy the National Guard” in order to “dominate the streets.” The President warned that if a city or state refuses to take sufficient actions to stop the riots, then he would “quickly deploy the United States military” to shut down the “acts of domestic terror.”

“I am your President of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters, but in recent days our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa and others,” Trump said at a White House press conference. “We cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob. These are not acts of peaceful protests. These are acts of domestic terror.”

Trump added, “I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America. I am mobilizing all federal resources civilian and military to stop the rioting and your Second Amendment rights.”

“First we are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now,” Trump said. “Today I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets. Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled. 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 quickly deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”