After hiding in the White House bunker for much of the weekend and raging at Governors to track and trace protestors and imprison them for a decade, the President gave a speech earlier tonight declaring a sort of quasi-martial law. He stated that he would mobilize “all available federal resources, civilian and military” to stop protests across the country, targeting “professional anarchists, looters, criminals, antifa and others.”
TRUMP: "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." pic.twitter.com/CDu3eFZYp9— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 1, 2020
This reference to the 2nd Amendment is a head scratcher only if you don’t know that 2nd Amendment was in fact created to ensure Southern slaveowners the right to maintain & arm slave patrols to put down insurrections amongst the enslaved. Now he’s invoking agnst their descendants https://t.co/9anFgRjQCm— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) June 1, 2020
Anyway, after declaring quasi martial law, the President pranced over to historic St. John’s Church for a photo op, but not before the military cleared the area with tear gas. This is insane.
The area outside the White House looks like a warzone right now pic.twitter.com/MgoUnrPh6l— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 1, 2020
He did all of that, so that he could do … this.
this is one of the all time best clips of trump. he had NO plan https://t.co/SsXxsakrPB— libby watson (@libbycwatson) June 1, 2020
Clery at St. Johns were also unhappy because the President used their church and the Bible as a prop.
Bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Washington: “I don’t want President Trump speaking for St. John’s. Everything he has said and done is to enflame violence."— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) June 2, 2020
She called out Trump for using the church and Bible as a "prop."
Clergy were at the church all day supporting protesters. pic.twitter.com/rGclEq28rh
As protests continue for a seventh night, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has rejected the offer to implement martial law. “Thank you but no thank you,” he said, accusing Trump of “calling out the American military for a photo opportunity.”
Meanwhile, moments ago, Tucker Carlson delivered a 32-minute monologue that took aim at, among others, Jared Kushner and … Trump. I honestly don’t even know what to make of this.
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