By: Staff Reporter
This evening, President Trump spoke from the Rose Garden and addressed the
nation regarding the death of George Floyd and the violence and riots that have been plaguing our country over the last 6 days.
“My administration is fully committed to George and his family that justice will be served. He will not have died in vain. But we cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protestors to be drowned out by an angry mob. The biggest victims of the rioting are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities and as their President I will fight to keep them safe, I will fight to protect you. I am your President of law and order and ally of all peaceful protestors. But in recent days, our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa and others.”
He mentioned several incidents where innocent people have been harmed due to the violent rioting and looting. He called upon the Governors across the country to enlist the help of the National Guard and activate as many troops as necessary to take back our cities. He said “That is why I am taking immediate Presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America. I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military to stop the rioting and looting to end the destruction and arson and to protect the rights of law abiding Americans including your second amendment rights."
President Trump added, ”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 deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them. I am also taking swift and decisive action to protect our great capital, Washington, DC. As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults and the wanton destruction of property. We are putting everybody on warning, our 7 o’clock curfew will be strictly enforced. Those who threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail. This includes Antifa and others who are the leading instigators of this violence.”
Then, in a move demonstrating bravery and strength, President Trump left the White House and walked the streets to St John’s church to witness the damage the riots caused from the night before amid the protests. In attendance was Attorney General William Barr, Homeland Security Secretary Robert O’Brien, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. He stood in front of the church with members of his cabinet and staff holding a bible and refused to take questions from the press.
You can watch the President’s full statement from the Rose Garden here.