Trump Threatens to Send Military in to Quash Riots

Headline Roundup June 2nd, 2020

On Monday, President Trump vowed to deploy the military to control the streets of America unless governors take sufficient efforts to quell riots.

Some liberals expressed disgust at Trump's threat to invoke the Insurrection Act to call out the military. Some governors are pushing back on Trump's combative tone.

Trump Threatens to Send Military in to Quash Riots

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ANALYSIS

He didn’t invoke a centuries-old law to give him that authority. But he might later.

President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act — a centuries-old law that gives the president the authority to send the US military into US cities and towns to quash domestic unrest — if state governors don’t take sufficient action to quell the ongoing protests and unrest happening in cities across the country.

“If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property...

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From the Center
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President Trump, in a conference call Monday with the nation's governors, threatened to deploy the U.S. military to restore order unless states hit by days of unrest "put down" violent demonstrations, urging leaders to "dominate" lawbreakers or risk looking like "a bunch of jerks."

The upbraiding from the White House didn't sit well with many governors, who have been busy responding to clashes between protesters and law enforcement in dozens of U.S. cities sparked by the death due to asphyxiation a week ago of George Floyd after a Minneapolis police...

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From the Right
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Liberals expressed disgust Monday night at President Trump’s mobilizing of military and civilian forces to confront nationwide rioting.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, Washington Democrat, said the president’s action “proves that he cannot lead us through these tumultuous times and unite the country.”

“Instead, he has decided to rely on the use of force to address those who he views as a threat,” Mr. Smith said. “I urge President Trump to reverse course and use the full weight of the presidency to calm tensions across the country, not...

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