Left-wing rioters and anarchists spent days trying to tear the country apart.
Americans watched as cities burned and civil society teetered on the brink of collapse.
And then Donald Trump said six bone-chilling words about using the military to stop the riots.
During a Rose Garden speech President Trump promised that he would marshal all federal resources at his disposal to end the terrorist attacks and restore law and order to American cities.
That included a threat to invoke the 1807 Insurrection Act to deploy the military to quell urban riots.
In an interview with former press secretary Sean Spicer on Newsmax TV the President noted that several governors had called out the National Guard and the anarchy and lawlessness largely evaporated.
“Well, it depends. I don’t think we’ll have to. We have very strong powers to do it. The National Guard is customary, and we have a very powerful National Guard, over 300,000 men and women. And we can do pretty much whatever we want as far as that. But as far as going beyond that, sure, if it was necessary. We have Antifa. We have anarchists. We have terrorists. We have looters. We have a lot of bad people in those groups,” the President stated.
President Trump distinguished between the good people that were out protesting, the rioters and thugs that seized on this moment to sow chaos and violence.
“There are a lot of bad people, and there are a lot of good people, there are some great people. But there are a lot of really, really bad people in there,” President Trump added.
The Insurrection Act grants the President the power to send in troops to a state to end civil unrest even if the Governor does not request federal help.
President John F. Kennedy ordered the military into Mississippi to end the strife over integration at the University of Mississippi.
While President Trump was only considering using the Insurrection Act powers as a move of last resort, swamp aligned military figures raced to the press to undercut the President.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper held a press conference hours before the President’s interview with Esper where Esper denounced any plans to use the military to quell the insurrection taking place in American cities.
“The option to use active duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort, and only in the most urgent and dire of situations,” Esper told the press “We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”
The current Secretary of Defense knew the President had no actual plans to deploy the military.
But yet Esper caused problems for the administration by making it seem like there was a rift between the military’s civilian leadership and the President.
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