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DONALD TRUMP SAID THESE WORDS AT HIS PRESS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY:
"If the city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residence, then I WILL DEPLOY THE UNITED STATES MILITARY AND QUICKLY SOLVE THE PROBLEM FOR THEM.
I am also taking swift and decisive action to protect our great capital, Washington, DC. What happened in the city last night was a total disgrace. As we speak, I AM DISPATCHING THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF HEAVILY ARMED SOLDIERS, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property."
THEN, AFTER THE POLICE HAD CLEARED HIS PATH BY TEARGASSING PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATORS, HE WALKED OVER TO THE NEARBY EPISCOPAL CHURCH, STOOD IN FRONT OF IT AND HELD A BIBLE -- VERY AWKWARDLY .
"The president of the United States tear-gassed peaceful protestors in order to clear the way for a useless photo-op outside the White House—just after vowing to activate the military against our own people. Lives and our democracy are in danger."
—Senator Elizabeth Warren
"President Donald Trump's pledge Monday evening to deploy the full force of the U.S. military against demonstrators protesting the killing of George Floyd—and the president's authorization of police violence against peaceful protesters to clear the way for a photo-op—amounted in the eyes of lawmakers, rights groups, and commentators to "declaration of war" against the U.S. public that must result in Trump's removal from office."
-----Jake Johnson, Common Dreams
"This is the moment we've been dreading since that escalator ride down Trump Tower five years ago this month—that's been slowly building brick by brick as Donald Trump tore down the rule of law, abused the presidency to enrich himself, and grabbed the bully pulpit of the White House to divide America with racism, sexism and xenophobia.
Backed into a corner after his incompetence and distrust in science was trampled by a virus that's killed 105,000 Americans, compounded by 40 million unemployed, and now massive, chaotic protests over the police brutality and racism that he has nurtured instead of combating, the president of the United States declared war on the American people. Donald Trump needs to go, and we can't wait until even November 3, let alone January 20, 2021."
-- Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The fascist speech Donald Trump just delivered verged on a declaration of war against American citizens. I fear for our country tonight and will not stop defending America against Trump’s assault."
--- Senator Ron Wyden (Oregon)
"Trump just had peaceful demonstrators viciously attacked. No, Mr. President. This is not a dictatorship. This is the United States of America. Our citizens have a constitutional right to peacefully protest. It's called the First Amendment." -- Senator Bernie Sanders
“Going to the church, not going in it, not meeting with any clergy, holding up a Bible, but not quoting any scripture, after an authoritarian speech, was about using the religious symbolism for his ends, It was a signal to the people that embrace the idea of a Christian nation, that he will defend Christianity in the public sphere,” He said he’ll make America safe. That raised the question, for whom? It’s largely for white, mostly Protestant people." ---- Andrew Whitehead, sociologist