Violence escalates overnight after Trump's threat to deploy army — George Floyd protests

Clay Curtis
June 2, 2020

His path cleared of protestoes, Mr. Trump walked, after his Rose Garden remarks, across the park in Lafayette Square to the historic St. John's Episcopal Church - the church's basement had been set on fire in Sunday night's protests.

The president posed for photos outside the boarded-up church, holding a Bible and flanked by his White House staff including press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and chief of staff Mark Meadows where protesters were demonstrating just moments before.

"I am outraged. we distance ourselves from the incendiary language of this president", she said.

'I don't want President Trump speaking for St. John's, ' Budde said Monday evening after the president's visit.

"I am mobilising 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".

An active-duty unit from outside the Washington region has been moved into the area and put on heightened alert, but wasn't immediately deployed into the capital, according to Pentagon officials.

National Guardsmen and Los Angeles police officers stand guard as protests continue Sunday. "I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters".

"Mayors and governors must establish and overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled", he said.

The police made the aggressive advance on more than a thousand protesters outside the executive address following days of unrest across the nation over the death of George Floyd in police custody. His death has sparked days of protests in Minneapolis that have spread to cities around America, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Washington, and NY.

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"You have to dominate", Trump told governors and law enforcement. "If you don't dominate, you're wasting your time - they're going to run over you, you're going to look like a bunch of jerks".

All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd.

Police in Minneapolis on Friday arrested Derek Chauvin, the officer who was seen on video kneeling on Floyd's neck during an arrest.

Floyd was in handcuffs at the time.

Former vice president and presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden accused the president of turning the peaceful Washington DC protest violent so he could visit the church for a photograph.

The president's last-minute address was an incredible juxtaposition to the scene outside, where a series of military vehicles rolled out front on Pennsylvania Avenue and military police and law enforcement clashed with protesters at Lafayette Park, firing tear gas, flash bangs, rubber bullets and pepper spray on a large but peaceful crowd.

Bowser declared a 7 p.m. curfew on Monday night.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called Mr Trump's announcement and church visit "shameful".

The photo op at the house of worship known as the Church of the Presidents was condemned by Episcopal Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde.

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