This afternoon, President Trump delivered a passionate speech in the Rose Garden. It’s a relatively brief speech, one that’s definitely worth reading in its entirety. Several parts jumped out at me, including where he said “we cannot allow the righteous cries and peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob. The biggest victims of the rioting are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities, and as their President, I will fight to keep them safe. I will fight to protect you. I am your President of law and order, and an ally of all peaceful protesters.”

There was no mistaking what President Trump’s primary message was. He delivered that message powerfully and dramatically when he said “A number of state and local governments have failed to take necessary action to safeguard their residence. Innocent people have been savagely beaten, like the young man in Dallas, Texas, who was left dying on the street, or the woman in Upstate New York viciously attacked by dangerous thugs.”

Most powerfully, he said this:

That is why I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America. 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. Therefore, the following measures are going into effect immediately:

First, we are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now. Today, I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets. Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled.

If a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.

It’s time to stop the violence, whether it’s happening in Minneapolis, Philadelphia or Dallas-Fort Worth. Further, I’m tired of hearing about the peaceful protesters’ right to protesters. A significant portion of those ‘peaceful protesters’ got arrested for looting and vandalism.

Jeremiah Ellison, the son of Minnesota’s Attorney General Keith Ellison and a Minneapolis City Council member, tweeted this:


So much for peaceful protesters. I get it that Mr. Ellison doesn’t represent all protesters. The point is that there isn’t a bright defining line between rioters and protesters.

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