Cities across the America have experienced several days of violent protests and riots in response to the death of George Floyd. In city after city, police and protesters clashed again Monday night, while looters took advantage of the lawless situation.
The president demanded an end to the violent protests in remarks from the White House Rose Garden, and announced that he is considering sending U.S. military forces into American cities to quell the unrest.
If governors throughout the country do not deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers to “dominate the streets,” President Trump said the U.S. military would step in to “quickly solve the problem for them.”
“We have the greatest country in the world,” the President declared. “We’re going to keep it safe.”
Federal law permits Presidents to dispatch the military into states to suppress an insurrection or if a state is defying federal law.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, vowed to address institutional racism in his first 100 days in office. He met in person with black leaders in Delaware and also held a virtual meeting with big-city mayors.
Biden said hate emerges “when you have somebody in power who breathes oxygen into the hate.”