President Trump used the presence of the National Guard in Washington to stop the out of control rioting, arson, and looting in cities across America, and it proved a deterrent.
Groups such as antifa, intent on turning peaceful protests into blood baths felt the presence of the military, and to continue their wanton acts would have met with serious consequences. Law and order were restored in the capital within a day.
President Trump said in a national address from the White House’s Rose Garden on Monday, June 1, “Today I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets,” Trump said in a national address from the White House’s Rose Garden. “Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled.
“If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” he said.
The president laid the blame for the increasing unrest on the streets on “professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, and rioters” and vowed that those malicious forces would not be given free rein of America’s streets. “These are not acts of peaceful protest, these are acts of domestic terror,” he said and referring to the death of Floyd, “Justice will be served and he will not have died in vain.”
This week, the White House explained the president’s successful decisive action, as he has now withdrawn the troops from the area, reported Breitbart.
“The streets of America didn’t spontaneously become peaceful last week,” Alyssa Farah, the White House’s top communications official, told Breitbart News on Monday. “It was a direct result of President Trump calling on governors and mayors to surge the National Guard in their states and restore law and order on America’s streets so that peaceful protesters could demonstrate safely.”
“Juxtapose Washington, D.C. two weekends ago, when there was widespread vandalism, property damage, and arson, with this past weekend—it was night and day,” she continued. “That is precisely because President Trump took decisive action to secure the streets of our nation’s capital and restore law and order.”
In order to enforce change, the president had to override the mayor of Washington in order to station the National Guard and active-duty military around the capitol. Last week’s video footage that broadcast the mayhem was in direct contrast to the following weekend, where protests were peaceful with a drastic reduction in the violence.
The arson, looting, damage to property, violence—especially aimed at police officers—that was spreading across America as protesters, spurred on by terrorist-style groups, attempted to burn the country down and inflict as much damage as possible—took a backseat as the National Guard stood ready to defend innocent lives.
The military presence in Washington also had a follow-on effect in cities where the president’s recommendations were heeded, cities like Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Atlanta, Georgia, quickly returned to normal, although there was no National Guard deployed there.