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President Donald Trump has vowed to stop Antifa-led mob violence in Minneapolis and across the country “cold” and end the ongoing anarchy by radical left-wing hooligans.
The president addressed the civil disturbances that followed the death of George Floyd while in police custody after the successful SpaceX launch yesterday.
In his speech at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral in Florida, Trump described Floyd’s death as a “grave tragedy” that never should have occurred.
Trump strongly denounced those violent actors trying to exploit the situation and condemned the cohort primarily responsible for the rampant street violence and property destruction that has followed the incident.
“I stand before you as a friend and ally to every American seeking justice and peace, and I stand before you in firm opposition to anyone exploiting this tragedy to loot, rob, attack and menace…The memory of George Floyd is being dishonored by rioters, looters and anarchists. The violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other radical left-wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses and burning down buildings.
“The main victims of this horrible, horrible situations are the citizens who live in these once lovely communities. The mobs are devastating the life’s work of good people and destroying their dream.
“Right now, America needs creation, not destruction, cooperation, not contempt, security, not anarchy and there will be no anarchy. Civilization must be cherished, defended, and protected. The voices of law-abiding citizens must be heard and heard very loudly. We cannot and must not allow a small group of criminals and vandals to wreck our cities and lay waste to our communities…My administration will stop mob violence and we’ll stop it cold.”
(Source: Fox News)
The president added that “In America, justice is never achieved at the hands of an angry mob. I will not allow angry mobs to dominate, won’t happen. It is essential that we protect the crown jewel of American democracy, the rule of law and our independent system of justice.”
He also praised the “overwhelming majority of police officers” who never engage in the form of misconduct that was captured on video in the George Floyd arrest.
The president revealed that he spoke directly with George Floyd’s family and expressed his condolences for what happened. He also reaffirmed that the Justice Department under Attorney General Bill Barr is expediting a federal civil rights investigation. One officer already faces state murder charges, and the three other officers on the scene may also be indicted. All four have been fired from the police force.
Trump also noted that his administration supports peaceful protests, “but what we are now seeing on the streets of our cities has nothing to do with justice or with peace.”
Most, if not all, of the violence has occurred in cities in which Democrats are in complete control of the levers of government. Apparently authorities there have abandoned any enforcement of social distancing rules that have been applied to ordinary citizens the past few months during the coronavirus pandemic.
Parenthetically, no riots occurred in 2017 when Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk, an Australian woman engaged to be married to a Minnesota man. Noor is currently serving 12-1/2 years in prison for third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. “The Ruszczyks, from Sydney, said their hearts go out to Mr. Floyd’s grieving family,” the Daily Mail reported.
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