Trump Vows to Put An End to “Mob Violence” Across the Country
In remarks on Saturday, President Donald Trump expressed sympathy for those wanting justice for George Floyd, but he said that his administration would not stand for the “mob violence” currently unfolding in major cities across the country.
Speaking to reporters, the president said that Floyd’s death while being arrested by Minneapolis Police was a “tragedy” that “should have never happened.”
“It filled America all over the country with horror, anger and grief,” Trump said. “I stand before you as a friend and ally of every American seeking justice and peace.”
However, Trump continued, while he “supports the right of peaceful protesters,” that was not a description befitting the scenes in Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, and elsewhere.
“The memory of Floyd is being dishonored by rioters, looters, and anarchists,” Trump said.
The president said his administration would hold to account “Antifa and other radical left-wing groups for terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses and burning down buildings.”
Later on Twitter, Trump jabbed at Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, accusing him of allowing the situation in his city to spiral out of control.
“The National Guard has been released in Minneapolis to do the job that the Democrat Mayor couldn’t do. Should have been used 2 days ago & there would not have been damage & Police Headquarters would not have been taken over & ruined. Great job by the National Guard. No games!” he wrote.
Trump then said what would seem to be obvious, which is that the “main victims of this horrible situation are the citizens that live in these once lovely communities.” This is a point that left-wing pundits seem bound and determined to miss.
“The mobs are devastating the life’s work of good people and destroying their dreams,” he said. “Right now, America needs creation, not destruction. Cooperation, not contempt. Security, not anarchy and there will be no anarchy. Civilization must be cherished, defended and protected. The voices of law-abiding citizens must be heard and heard very loudly. In America, justice is never achieved at the hands of an angry mob. I will not allow angry mobs to dominate.”
What has transpired in the days after the Floyd video emerged is as sad as it is predictable. The blame can go in many directions: The media for hyping these police killings as a symbol of America’s white supremacy, the lack of direction in these Democrat-controlled cities, and, of course, the police acts themselves that trigger this chaos. Until we dig deep and address ALL of these conspiring catalysts, we will continue to see these scenes play out.