“AMERICA ALWAYS WINS”
by Sharon Rondeau
The address was set to begin at 6:15 p.m. EDT but did not commence until 6:44 p.m.
Over the last several nights, riots have arisen in major cities across the country in which objects have been thrown at police officers, stores have been broken into and ransacked, and explosions have been heard, including in Washington, DC at approximately 6:40 p.m. Monday.
The news media has often referred to the destruction and mayhem as “protests” to Floyd’s death, which in many cases began peacefully.
Many cities have imposed curfews to mixed results; Washington, DC on Monday changed its curfew time from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
A call with an unspecified number of state governors resulted in Trump’s calling them “weak,” Fox News reported earlier.
Trump made his entrance at 6:44 and said the oath he took was to protect the American people. He said that “justice will be served” for George Floyd but that “an angry mob” will not be permitted to overtake peaceful protests.
“I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters,” Trump said, but that “in recent days, our nation has been gripped” by ANTIFA and other lawless individuals who have hit “New York’s finest in the face with bricks,” set fires and destroyed property.
Late last week, Trump said his administration was declaring ANTIFA a “terrorist organization.”
He called the killings and “the spilling of innocent blood” disassociated from protests. “These are not acts of peaceful protest. These are acts of domestic terror,” he said.
He said that despite the “anarchy,” “we will win; America always wins.”
“The following measures are going into effect immediately,” Trump said at 6:47, and that he “recommended to every governor” earlier Monday to deploy adequate law-enforcement to overwhelm the rioters. He said he is taking “swift” action to protect the nation’s capital from further destruction such as the fire set to St. John’s Church, which all presidents since James Madison have attended, by deploying National Guard throughout the city.
“Federal resources” will be activated, Trump said. “We will end it now.”
“One law and order, and that is what it is,” Trump said at 6:49. “Once that is restored and fully restored, we will help you; we will help your business; and we will help your family…Where there is no law, there is no liberty…”
“I take these action s today with firm resolve and with a passionate love for our country…” Trump said, shortly thereafter ending his remarks by saying he was going to pay his respects to “a very special place.”
At 6:53 p.m., Fox News’s Bret Baier speculated that Trump was referring to St. John’s but that he could not be sure.
Update, 7:13 p.m. EDT: According to Mark Knoller of CBS News, Trump, flanked by Secret Service agents, walked from the Rose Garden to St. John’s Church.