Trump threatens to deploy troops to major cities

dublinbay z6 (KS)

Oh, oh--he's getting ready to go into full mode "Macho Man" president!

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"President Trump, declaring himself a “president of law and order” threatened Monday to deploy the military to cities where, he said, governors and local officials have “failed to take necessary action” to end civil unrest.

“These are not acts of peaceful protest,” Trump declared during a brief speech in the White House Rose Garden, referring to the demonstrations and sometimes violent acts that have broken out in dozens of major cities. “These are acts of domestic terror

Trump said he was dispatching “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers” to end civil unrest.

Even as he declared himself an ally of legitimate protestors, police fired tear gas into peaceful crowds near the White House and advanced on horseback. Reporters in the Rose Garden could hear booms in the background.

Trump’s bellicose language, in which he invoked the 19th century Insurrection Act to allow deployment of military personnel came after 48 hours in which he had been mostly silent in public, except for his angry Twitter finger.

In private, however, during a call with governors Monday, the president, who tweeted Saturday that looting leads to “shooting,” pushed for a harsher crackdown.

Most of you are weak,” Trump said, berating the governors and urging them to “dominate” the protesters, according to a person on the call. He urged state officials to track down lawbreakers and send them to prison for five to 10 years.

A second person with knowledge of the call described the president as “bellicose,” raising the possibility of military action and describing the situation as a war. The message was echoed by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who described the need to “dominate the battlespace,” language normally used to describe far-flung conflict zones instead of American streets.

The president’s comments stunned state leaders who are struggling to defuse tensions that are boiling over in cities around the country.

[. . .]

As strong as the nation’s divisions have been under Trump, there has been rare agreement on one point: Neither on the left nor the right are there many who believe he could deliver the kind of healing address to the country that most presidents try to muster in times of national fissure.

Even the White House has tacitly conceded that point, downplaying the utility of a presidential speech.

“. . . What stops anarchy is action and that’s what the president is working on right now,” Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said during a news briefing Monday at which she invoked the amorphous left-wing movement Antifa, which the White House has sought to blame for violent protests.

[. . .]

On Friday night, Trump was whisked into the underground bunker at the White House as skirmishes intensified just outside the gates, according to an administration official speaking on the condition of anonymity. He has been holed up in the White House since Saturday night, remaining out of sight as some buildings near its perimeter burned.

Over the last 48 hours, as police and rioters continued to clash just a few hundred feet from his residence, he has continued to tweet as though he were a bystander, attacking the media and left-wing groups he is selectively blaming for the violence.

[. . .]

The contrast between Trump and his predecessors became even clearer when Obama on Monday released an essay titled “How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change,” which offered support, advice and hope for the protesters while denouncing “the small minority of folks who’ve resorted to violence in various forms.”

[. . .]

Gingrich wants Trump to make a national address, but does not see the president’s role as a healer. Instead, he is eager to see him define a “civil war” between people who want “to destroy the country” and those who want to keep it.

[. . .]

And many closest to the cities, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, have said Trump would be better off staying on the sidelines. “His rhetoric only inflames that, and he should sometimes just stop talking,” she said Sunday in an interview on CBS."

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-06-01/trump-tells-governors-to-dominate-as-he-shrinks-from-crisis

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Let's face it--Trump WANTS a confrontation. He is eager to play commander-in-chief--even if he has to declare the American public as his "enemy."

Kate

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Kathy

He has planned for martial law. That’s how he hopes to keep his job. If Republicans let him get away with this chaos they need to be voted out.

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

By the way, Trump cannot order troops to quell the protests unless, under the 1894 Insurrection Act, the governor(s) of the state(s) ASK him too.

I predict no governor will do that!

Kate

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adoptedbyhounds

"Let's face it--Trump WANTS a confrontation."

Nope.

The organizers behind he rioters want confrontation. What they don't want is the accountability President Trump is preparing to impose upon their radical "movement."

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Kathy

Who in your opinion ABH are those organizers?

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Elizabeth

Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy both ordered the troops out without state's request. They had the ability to challenge that action, but did not.

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Annie Deighnaugh

By the way, Trump cannot order troops to quell the protests unless, under the 1894 Insurrection Act, the governor(s) of the state(s) ASK him too.

Not so...the law has enough wiggle room in it for him to do so. But knowing trump, even if it didn't, that wouldn't stop him. He's unimpeachable, he's got barr as his legal protector and he's got a sycophants surrounding him who will do as he requests:

...section (§252) says:

"Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States in any State by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, he may call into Federal service such of the militia of any State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to enforce those laws or to suppress the rebellion." Source: https://www.npr.org/2020/06/01/867467714/what-is-the-insurrection-act-that-trump-is-threatening-to-invoke

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Annie Deighnaugh

Esper the SecDef says this, referring to his own country and his fellow citizens:

“I think the sooner that you mass and dominate the battlespace, the quicker this dissipates and we can get back to the right normal,” Esper said during the call, an audio excerpt of which was published by The Washington Post. “We need to dominate the battlespace.”

We are now a "battlespace".

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Nana H

"Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy both ordered the troops out without state's request."

There is an exception to the use of federal forces and that is when it is to protect or ensure the enactment of federal laws. Both of those were for that purpose. One was for the integration of schools in Little Rock and the other was to enforce the desegregation of the University of Alabama. Kennedy also sent non combat troops to Birmingham but they stayed at the bases and were not physically deployed.

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Kathy

Annie, just like we are Human capital stock. We are to be used and dominated.

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paprikash

Only dominated if you are breaking the law which is as it should be in any civilized society

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dandyfopp

paprikash

Only dominated if you are breaking the law which is as it should be in any civilized society

Like George Floyd right?

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paprikash

No. Dominated or arrested does not mean murder or do you think it does?

eta. So you Support the looters

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studio10001

There is that giant leap again. Looting has what to do with disagreeing w you?

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elvis

dublinbay z6 (KS)

By the way, Trump cannot order troops to quell the protests unless, under the 1894 Insurrection Act, the governor(s) of the state(s) ASK him too.

At the risk of being redundant: wrong, but I note that Annie and Elizabeth have already corrected you.

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Annie Deighnaugh

Only dominated if you are breaking the law which is as it should be in any civilized society...

But armed protesters storming the Michigan state capitol forcing the building to shut (https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/14/politics/michigan-state-capitol-protests/index.html) because they don't like an order that closes their barber shops is ok?

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dandyfopp


paprikash

No. Dominated or arrested does not mean murder or do you think it does?



Well George Floyd was both until it killed him.

And yes he was murdered. Fine example of our civil society.


When Donnie turns the might of the military onto people who are protesting that injustice, he won't be doing it to honor Mr. Floyd's memory he will likely be adding to his number.

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ubro(2a)

Only dominated if you are breaking the law which is as it should be in any civilized society

If that was the case both the US and Canada would not be in the pickle we are today, naiveté thy name is Right Wing.

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Ziemia(6a)

haven't yet verified this shows a legit Trump tweet.

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jmm1837

The protesters in Washington weren't breaking the law. No violence, no property damage, no curfew. How can someone thinks its okay for cops to attack and assault law abiding citizens? The Constitution protects the rights to speak freely, to assemble, to present grievances, and it also ensures the right of the media to report on these events. Nowhere does it provide the right for the authorities to " dominate" free and law abiding citizens through the use of force.

The police, like the politicians, are the servants of the people, not their masters.

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Annie Deighnaugh

At some point the military may be the deciding factor...will they follow trump or will they follow the Constitution...so far, it's clear which side they're on. Unfortunately.

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