In what is now the most talked-about conversation in the political history of this country, President Donald Trump told the governors that they were “weak” for not being willing to send the National Guard into the streets to neutralize the violence and looting that has predicated most of the protests around the country for the death of George Floyd in the hands of the Minneapolis Police. Trump added that the protesters should be put in jail for a long time to avoid these types of riots and insurrections from happening again.
On a teleconference call yesterday (June 1) with several governors from around the United States, President Trump issued a scathing warning that if the leaders do not “dominate” the protesters in the streets by matching force with force, then “they’re going to run over you. You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks.”
“You’ve got to arrest these people. You’ve got arrest these people — and you’ve got to charge them,” Trump said. “And you can’t do this deal where they get one week in jail. These are terrorists, these are terrorists, they’re looking to do bad things to our country. They’re Antifa and they’re radical left. You have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you’ll never see this stuff again.”
He added that if the rioting and looting could not be stopped by state and local law enforcement, he will have no problem sending in the U.S. military to all major cities that were not under control, including the country’s capital.
Cities such as New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Richmond, and many others have been issued a mandatory curfew during night hours. Those who violate these orders are subject to arrest. Video footage of these overtly aggressive arrests has surfaced, such as the Spelman and Morehouse students who were tased after their car window was broken and tire flattened by the Atlanta Police before being arrested for violating curfew.