Donald Trump threatens to send army to quell protests over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Donald Trump decided to employ army police if necessary to suppress the unrest that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
President Donald Trump on Saturday called for a strong hand against protesters in Minneapolis, calling them “the radical left,” and expressed to state authorities his willingness to send the Army to quell the unrest during protests against George Floyd’s death during a police arrest.
“We have the Army prepared and ready. If (the Minnesota authorities) want to call the Army, we can have the troops on the ground very quickly,”
Trump said in remarks to reporters in Washington , before leaving for Florida to attend the mission’s launch into space from Cape Canaveral. Demo-2 from NASA and SpaceX.
The president described the protesters as antifascists and as being of the “radical left” , and considered that the Minnesota authorities should be “harsher, stronger, because by being tough the memory of George Floyd is honored.”
The death of Floyd, a black man, at the hands of police in Minneapolis when he was detained last Monday has triggered a wave of protests and riots against police brutality and racism in this city and in other cities in the country, where reproduced the protests and altercations.
National Guard Mobilized in Minnesota
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Saturday ordered the full mobilization of the state National Guard (a reserve corps) to deal with the situation in Minneapolis, where a nightly curfew was declared for two days on Friday that has failed stop the altercations.
“Last night was a joke that this was about the death of George Floyd. It is going to attack civil society, instigate fear and disrupt our big cities, ” said Walz, who explained that“ the dynamic ”has changed since Tuesday, when the protests were peaceful. “We have seen more people from out of town, this is unacceptable.”
Minnesota has 13,200 National Guard personnel, but not all are prepared for deployment, with the authorities mobilizing 2,500 this Saturday, compared to the 1,700 that had been initially reported.
General John Jensen , who commands the National Guard in Minnesota, revealed that they have asked the Pentagon for assistance and that he has held talks in the past 24 hours with Defense Secretary Mark Esper. “We are looking at what resources we can have, whether they are intelligence or otherwise,” he said without giving more details.
Army prepares to deploy to Minneapolis
The New York Times, citing “officials,” said the Defense Department is preparing to deploy active Military Police units in Minneapolis at Trump’s request.
If it occurs, it is possible that the first units to do so would be those of Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, and that of Fort Drum, in New York, indicated the sources consulted by the newspaper, who, however, clarified that the current order “preparing to deploy” does not mean that they will be activated, although this is a first step.
The National Guard has already been activated not only in Minnesota but also in other parts of the United States, such as Kentucky, as is usually done when there are riots, but the deployment of the Military Police would mean an escalation in the authorities’ response.
The New York Times recalled that the Military Police was employed in 1992 during the Los Angeles (California) riots that followed the acquittal of four Police officers who beat up African-American Rodney King.
In his statements today, Trump was also critical of the management of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who said he belongs to “the radical left.”
Previously, in a tweet, the president had ironized about the mayor, noting that “he will never be confused with the deceased and great general Douglas McArthur or the great soldier general George Patton. How is it possible that all of these sites that are so poorly defended are run by Liberal Democrats? Hold fast and fight (and stop the bad guys) FORCE! ”.
Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis will never be mistaken for the late, great General Douglas McArthur or great fighter General George Patton. How come all of these places that defend so poorly are run by Liberal Democrats? Get tough and fight (and arrest the bad ones). STRENGTH!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2020
Trump invites to an evening of “MAGA” at the White House
In his messages on the social network, Trump insisted on his criticism of the participants in the protests, which he considers to be “organized groups that have nothing to do with George Floyd“, and urged the celebration tonight of an evening of MAGA , referring to his Make America Great Again election motto, at the White House.
Asked about this possible protest by his supporters in front of the presidential mansion, as opposed to the one registered yesterday against police violence, Trump stressed that his followers are “people who love their country”: “By the way, they love African-Americans, they love blacks ”.
On Thursday night, the protests expanded from Minnesota to other states, and on Friday they further expanded, with fires, looting, and clashes between protesters and riot police in different parts such as Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Washington and Detroit, where a young man was shot dead.
In front of the White House there was a protest that led to skirmishes between the protesters and the Secret Service, which watches over the security of the presidential mansion and whose work Trump praised on Twitter on Saturday.