US President Donald Trump has announced the mobilization of all of his government’s available civil and military forces to stop the riots in the United States. “We are ending the riots and lawlessness that have spread in our country,” Trump said on Monday evening (local time) during a short-term speech in the rose garden of the White House. He would mobilize the “full power of the US military”.
Trump is making use of a more than 200-year-old law from 1807, the “Insurrection Act”, which allows a president to use the military within the United States to deal with civil unrest.
If the mayors and governors in the affected areas fail to provide security, he will deploy the U.S. military, Trump threatened. He urged the governors to deploy enough National Guard forces to regain control of the streets in their cities. “If a city or state refuses to take the necessary measures to defend the lives or property of its residents, I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”
Trump’s escape to the front
Shortly before Trump’s short, approximately six-minute speech to the nation, the nearby police used violence against peaceful demonstrators waiting in front of the White House. Trump spoke and there were explosions of tear gas petards popping in the background. Then Trump quickly got down to business. He spoke of “professional troublemakers”. Small business owners were destroyed and innocent people were killed. Trump condemns “domestic terror”. “I’ll fight to protect you,” Trump said.
The US president also announced measures to protect the capital, Washington, where there have also been severe protests in recent days, some of which have turned into riots. This is a shame, Trump said, and announced that thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers and law enforcement officers would be deployed. In addition, there is a strict curfew in the US capital from 7 p.m. (1 a.m. CH time).
“I am your president for law and order,” Trump said to the population. He would fight to protect the country and its citizens. What happened in the past few days can be equated with terror in part. The country needs security and not anarchy, justice and not chaos. “This is our mission and we will win.”
The state of emergency marks a dramatic turnaround in the United States. It must have been terrible days for a man with Donald Trump’s ego (73). Shocking but moving scenes have been happening in the United States for a week. People show peaceful solidarity against police violence after the death of George Floyd († 46). But countless people also use the tense situation for violence, looting and anarchy.
As a sign of respect, as a gesture in memory of the killed Floyd, people go to their knees during peaceful protest marches on America’s streets, as did football star Colin Kaepernick (32) before a game during the national anthem in 2016. It was Kaepernick’s silent protest against black oppression in the United States. What Trump was mad about. Trump called him a “son of a bitch” and practically made him a traitor.
Déjà-vu. The US president continues to rail against traitors, but the hustle and bustle only seems to cheer them on. On Friday, Trump had to go to the bunker under the White House. On the night of Monday there were war-like scenes around Trump’s office and residence.
Trump dragged “weak” governors who otherwise “look like idiots”
Now there are hundreds of thousands of Kaepernicks in the country; Traitors who kneel against racism and police violence. While Trump wants to go even harder. Ed O’Keefe, political correspondent for “CBS”, announced on Monday via Twitter that Trump had hit the hardest notes in a switching conference with governors of the US states.
The governors were “weak” and had to show dominance in order not to be overrun and to be “like idiots”. Trump is said to have said literally: “You have to arrest people, you have to persecute them, put them in prison for ten years and then you will never see anything like this again.”
One of the participants described the president’s tone and choice of words as “disturbed,” as if Trump had lost all control over himself and the relation to reality, which is currently going on in America.
Trump has fueled a conflict that no longer helps him
Far from reality, «fire accelerator» Trump only condemns radical left-wing circles behind the violence. He does not speak at all of the pent-up anger about police violence against non-whites and social disadvantage of minorities. Minneapolis has opened a huge valve of anger pent up over decades.
«America is a powder keg. And Donald Trump’s tongue is on fire at the moment, ”said Atlanta Democratic Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (50) on Monday to“ CNN ”. “Every time he opens his mouth, he throws another match on the fire.”
After all, the louder it gets on the streets in the country, the smaller the tweets of the president seem. The crisis exposes its dull style. Trump always needs opponents and images of enemies against whom he can instill. Be it China, the media or demonstrators: Now it is his responsibility to have stirred up a conflict that no longer helps him politically.
Trump is now resorting to the last resort: the use of our own armed forces against our own people. “For protection,” as he says.