Donald Trump just gave one of the strongest speeches of his career.

He promised to protect peaceful protesters and to seek justice for George Floyd, but demanded that Governors deploy the National Guard to stop the rioting, looting, and destruction of neighborhoods.

Trump said that if Governors did not act, he would invoke his federal authority to send in the National Guard and other military assets. He didn’t indicate which authority he was invoking, but contrary to popular belief, a president has fairly wide power to put down an insurrection.

I’ll post the transcript as soon as I can find it.

After the speech, Trump walked across Lafayette Park, the scene of violent riots and assaults on Secret Service officers protecting the White House, to historic St. John’s Church, which suffered fire damage during the riots.

Not surprisingly, the media hated the speech, almost in unison complaining that “peaceful protesters” had been cleared from Lafayette Park to make way for Trump to walk through the park.

But it appears people were given warning to leave, and the police moved in only against those who didn’t move.



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