Trump visits church burned down by rioters, admonishes ‘weak’ governors

 

President Trump announced during an appearance in the Rose Garden yesterday that his administration will take “immediate action” to throw “all available federal resources” into the fight to stop the riots and looting spreading over the nation. Trump said he will send in the military if states don’t deploy the National Guard. “I will fight to protect you,” the president said.

“I have recommended every governor deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers to dominate the streets. We are ending riots and lawlessness, we will end it today.”

Trump continued to say that he is dispatching “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers and military personnel” to end the rioting.

“I want organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties. We cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob. The biggest victims of this rioting are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities.”

Trump visited DC church burned down by rioters

Right after the speech, in an evocative moment, President Trump and his entourage walked across Lafayette Square in Washington DC, to St. Johns Episcopal Church, which was burned by arsonists during the riots.

Trump’s entourage at the church included Attorney General Bill Barr, daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

Even the church’s new childcare center was deliberately torched. However, the church’s pastor, Reverend Rob Fisher. has said that it could have been far worse.

“I am happy to share with you that I could see no other real damage besides that one room, and quite a bit of graffiti and debris around the exterior of the church . . . Protestors easily could have done a lot worse to our buildings, but they chose not to do that. (The damage I saw to other nearby buildings illustrated this point.)”

Trump lay into ‘weak’ state governors

 

On Monday, Trump relived his role on the Apprentice in a call with state governors. The President told them that “most of you are weak. You have to arrest people. You have to dominate. 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. You have to dominate.”

Trump continued to urge the state governors. “You’ve got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you’ll never see this stuff again.”