In addition to trying to call for invocation of the Insurrection Act, which would pit protestors against U.S. Troops, during the hot summer of 2020 Donald J. Trump also ordered his law enforcement to “Crack Skulls” in their use of force against people using their 1st Amendment Right to redress their grievance with the government and also to "Just Shoot Them.”
An excerpt from the book claims that on 1 June 2020, amid a nationwide uproar following the death of Mr Floyd, Mr Trump told military officials that to “handle” protesters they needed to “crack their skulls”.
“Trump told his team that he wanted the military to go in and ‘beat the f*** out’ of the protesters. ‘Just shoot them,’” the book titled, Frankly, We Did Win This Election’: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost, alleges.
When Mr Trump purportedly received pushback from officials within the administration on his violent stance, he allegedly said: “Well, shoot them in the leg – or maybe the foot… But be hard on them!”
“That’s the president of the United States watching from the safety of the Oval Office,” Mr Tapper said in reaction to the alleged comments, “while Americans who were peacefully protesting the horrific killing of George Floyd, and some that were doing so not so peacefully, were beaten and tear-gassed just steps away from the White House.”
Violent treatment of peaceful protesters in Washington DC received significant backlash after footage showed authorities in Lafayette Square launching tear gas and rubber bullets.
Now doesn't that just make calling for the mass prosecution and execution of “Radical Democrats” sound almost quaint?
Trump’s attitude about BLM protestors was dramatically different when it came to protestors who attacked the Capitol on January 6th.
The former president vowed that he was a “president of law and order, and an ally of peaceful protesters” in a press conference at the White House just before demonstrators were violently cleared for a photo-op nearby.
His heavy-handed attitude amid the protests drew widespread criticism against his willingness to use unnecessary force and military power against civil rights protesters disproportionately.
Following the 6 January insurrection on the US Capitol, Mr Trump conveyed a starkly different attitude over the actions of his violent supporters, calmly asking them to return home hours after they breached the building and calling them “special”.
A study by UConn indicatse the 96% of Floyd protests in 2020 were peaceful.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says there were a hundred days of violence and destruction in cities across the country this past summer in response to the police killing of George Floyd. A study from the University of Connecticut found that perception is false.
Jeremy Pressman heads the Crowd Counting Consortium at UConn that collects publicly available data on demonstrations.
The study found there were more than 7,000 separate Black Lives Matter anti-racism events across the country in May and June. Ninety six percent of them had no property damage, and 98% had no injuries reported.
He says this year’s racial justice demonstrations were the most widespread in U.S. history--and there was little or no violence at most of them.
Now of course wrong-wingers like Majorie Taylor Greene give Trump a total pass on his involvement in the Januray 6th Insurrection because he said the word “Peaceful” and has said she’d like to be on Nancy Pelosi Select Committee on the Insurrection.
"Sure. She should put me on the committee. That would be great," Greene told CNN.
Despite being questioned multiple times by CNN about the new false flag theory
, promoted by Fox News and right-wing websites, that the FBI orchestrated the deadly assault on the Capitol, Greene, who has a history of spreading conspiracy theories
, did not offer any evidence to back it up.
"There's all kinds of people involved in the rioting. There's people in black clothes. There's people in red hats," Greene responded.
"Look there are questions that need to be answered," Greene added finally, after being pressed repeatedly on the baseless theory, which is yet another example of right-wing figures deflecting responsibility away from supporters of former President Donald Trump, who were captured on police body-worn camera footage
at the riot. Federal investigators have charged hundreds of Trump supporters for their involvement.
The GOP firebrand said she would be willing to accept that the FBI did not play a role in the insurrection, provided that the bureau offers evidence demonstrating its lack of involvement.
"If they say they weren't and show proof they weren't, then of course I would," Greene said.
So that’d be a hoot.
Contrast the reactions.
Floyd rioters should have their “skulls cracked” while poor Capitol rioters are languishing in “Solitary.” Yes, there was some arson, some violence, and some looting during the Floyd riots, but hundreds of police officers weren’t attacked and beaten. Some Federal property was threatened during the Floyd protests but a seat of government wasn’t invaded and occupied by a hostile force. There was criticism of the government during the Floyd protests but no one ever tried to completely halt the functioning of government and interrupt a constitutional process.
Trump was obsessed with BLM and Antifa, he railed about them constantly — he completely ignored the human injustice at the center of the protests — but we’re all supposed to be outraged beyond all reason by the specter of “voter fraud" for which all the evidence is suspect and bogus.
Dominion Systems has sued Fox, Newsmax, Giuliani and Mr. My Pillow for a over a $Billion over defamation and they have a substantial case. Giuliani has temporarily lost his NY law license for his repeated false statements.
The primary officer who murdered George Floyd has now been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.
In hindsight, which argument seems to have been more valid?
On one side you have American citizens legitimately protesting for their rights and on other side, you have a pack of thugs violently attacking America and its values.
The sad part is that the Trumpists don’t know which is which.