Convicted anti-government extremists should be sentenced to a decade in prison, the president said.
The Trump administration is considering whether to introduce a 10-year jail penalty for anyone found guilty of participating in the extreme protests that are sweeping across the nation, following the death in custody of Minnesota man George Floyd.
“You have got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you will never see this stuff again,” President Donald Trump said according to Fox News.
The president revealed authorities are cracking down against street violence, looting of businesses, and assault against law enforcement officers after Floyd was allegedly handcuffed, kneed on his throat, and became unresponsive and later died on May 25.
“We are doing it in Washington, D.C. [and] we are going to do something that people have not seen before,” he said.
The remarks came during a phone conference with several governors and city mayors about adopting a harder stance against the riots.
“Get tough Democrat mayors and governors,” the president said on Twitter.
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He slammed New York City’s so-called light touch directive to police as “weak,” saying this is not the time for the Big Apple to take no regulatory action.
“The world is watching and laughing at you and ‘sleepy’ Joe [Biden],” he said. “Is this what America wants? No.”
The White House stressed that simply having the president make statements about the protests will not stop the violence.
“Continual statements, as he has made day and day again, they do not stop anarchy,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a video shared on Facebook. “What stops anarchy is action and that is what the president is working on right now.”
She believes existing law enforcement measures have repeatedly failed to contain the unrest.
“What we have seen are those [police] lines have been overwhelmed by massive protests that have turned into riots,” she said. “The peaceful protests to be distinguished from the riots we have seen and when those lines are overwhelmed law enforcement gets on the defense.”
McEnany revealed the president’s plan to return peace to the streets is based on a proven strategy of using reserves from both the U.S. Army and Air Force.
“What the president has said is he wants to dominate the streets with national guard [and] with the police presence,” she said. “There are several studies that when there is an overwhelming national guard presence, it actually de-escalates the situation and causes less civil unrest.”