In an interview with Laura Ingraham of Fox News on Monday, August 31, President Trump said he did not want his supporters to confront leftist protesters. The latter are causing riots, looting, violence, and even deaths in different cities across the United States.
Ingraham reviewed recent incidents in Portland, which after nearly 100 days of rioting and violence, the mayor rejected the president’s help and said it would only make things worse.
On the Saturday prior, a member of Antifa killed a member of the group “Patriot Prayer,” one of the organizations that went to Portland to demonstrate against the violence of leftist groups and show their support for the re-election of President Trump.
However, Laura said, on Sunday, Mayor Ted Wheeler and Joe Biden tried to shift the blame on President Trump for the violence, for encouraging it.
Trump said, “I’ve offered to send in the National Guard. I’ve offered to send in anybody they want. I could put that [unrest] out in 45 minutes and it would stop. And I think the people of Portland and the people of Oregon, I know it’s a liberal state—considered liberal—they’re tired of it. They’re tired of having, of living with this curse.”
When the host asked, “Do you want your supporters to confront the left-wing protestors, or do you want to leave it to law enforcement?”
The president said, “No, I don’t want that. I want to leave it to the law enforcement.”
“But my supporters are wonderful, hardworking, tremendous people,” Trump said, “and they turn on the television set and they look at a Portland or they look at a Kenosha before I got involved and stopped it.”
President Trump’s relationship with the various Democratic leaders has not been easy. Because Trump is politically incorrect, he has publicly and harshly criticized these leaders who cannot keep law and order in their cities.
Such was the case with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin, who told the president not to visit Kenosha. However, this past Tuesday, September 1, the president paid a visit to the city where violent riots wreaked havoc and promised to help rebuild the city.