President Trump’s official and on the record stance on lawlessness. Is his statement true?

Rose Garden
6:43 P.M. EDT

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  My fellow Americans: My first and highest duty as President is to defend our great country and the American people.  I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation, and that is exactly what I will do.

All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd.  My administration is fully committed that, for George and his family, justice will be served.  He will not have died in vain.  But we cannot allow the righteous cries and peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob.  The biggest victims of the rioting are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities, and as their President, I will fight to keep them safe.  I will fight to protect you.  I am your President of law and order, and an ally of all peaceful protesters.

But in recent days, our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa, and others.  A number of state and local governments have failed to take necessary action to safeguard their residents.  Innocent people have been savagely beaten, like the young man in Dallas, Texas, who was left dying on the street, or the woman in Upstate New York viciously attacked by dangerous thugs.

Small-business owners have seen their dreams utterly destroyed.  New York’s Finest have been hit in the face with bricks.  Brave nurses, who have battled the virus, are afraid to leave their homes.  A police precinct station has been overrun.  Here in the nation’s capital, the Lincoln Memorial and the World War Two Memorial have been vandalized.  One of our most historic churches was set ablaze.  A federal officer in California, an African American enforcement hero, was shot and killed.

These are not acts of peaceful protest.  These are acts of domestic terror.  The destruction of innocent life and the spilling of innocent blood is an offense to humanity and a crime against God.

America needs creation, not destruction; cooperation, not contempt; security, not anarchy; healing, not hatred; justice, not chaos.  This is our mission, and we will succeed.  One hundred percent, we will succeed.  Our country always wins.

That is why I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America.  I am mobilizing all available federal resources — civilian and military — to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights.  Therefore, the following measures are going into effect immediately:

First, we are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country.  We will end it now.  Today, I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets.  Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled.

If a city or a 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.

I am also taking swift and decisive action to protect our great capital, Washington, D.C.  What happened in this 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.

We are putting everybody on warning: Our seven o’clock curfew will be strictly enforced.  Those who threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail.  This includes Antifa and others who are leading instigators of this violence.

One law and order — and that is what it is: one law.  We have one beautiful law.  And once that is restored and fully restored, we will help you, we will help your business, and we will help your family.

America is founded upon the rule of law.  It is the foundation of our prosperity, our freedom, and our very way of life.  But where there is no law, there is no opportunity.  Where there is no justice, there is no liberty.  Where there is no safety, there is no future.

We must never give in to anger or hatred.  If malice or violence reigns, then none of us is free.

I take these actions today with firm resolve and with a true and passionate love for our country.  By far, our greatest days lie ahead.

Thank you very much.  And now I’m going to pay my respects to a very, very special place.  Thank you very much.

Official portrait of President Donald J. Trump, Friday, October 6, 2017. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

I am very proud of my oldest daughter when she says that both sides are at fault for the current violence. I am curious how listeners feel about her comment which I personally agree with.

  1. On September 2, 2020 at 1:49 pm,
    OOTB Jerry says:
  2. On September 2, 2020 at 1:51 pm,
    OOTB Jerry says:

    Continued problem…..
    On September 2, 2020 at 11:21 am,
    OOTB Jerry says:

    • On September 2, 2020 at 1:55 pm,
      OOTB Jerry says:

      I think some of what PCR, has to say, ….covers our present situation…..jmo

  3. On September 2, 2020 at 1:58 pm,
    OOTB Jerry says:

    The Law and Order…… lack there of……from the Top….. CIA, FBI,IRS,FED…..start there ….Congress is a BIG PART of this Lawless society…..

  4. On September 2, 2020 at 2:12 pm,
    pardu says:

    Big Al, the president is correct in encouraging states and cities to deploy whatever is necessary to quell the violence and looting. He cannot deploy military troops because of posse-comitatus, which does not allow military to engage in direct law enforcement in the US (doesn’t apply to national guard or coast guard) unless invited to stop insurrection.

    If, however, those groups participating in anarchy are openly advocating overthrow of the federal government (which some of them are so advocating) troops can be deployed. This is at least my understanding of the posse-comitatus act, but I could be wrong. The act can be found at

    • On September 2, 2020 at 4:43 pm,
      cfs says:

      Although not yet tested, it is my understanding that in 2012 Obama signed into law a national defence authorization act that did away with Posse Comitatus.

    • On September 2, 2020 at 7:38 pm,
      Big Al says:


  5. On September 2, 2020 at 2:35 pm,
    cfs says:
  6. On September 2, 2020 at 2:36 pm,
    OOTB Jerry says:
  7. On September 2, 2020 at 2:42 pm,
    OOTB Jerry says:
    Democracy lives or dies based on the characters of the people that comprise it. In centuries past, those who fought to build this country learned lessons about the value of freedom the hard way and passed down their wisdom: “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” We didn’t heed the warning. We just willingly sacrificed the Constitutional rights they fought for in order to hide from a virus with a 997 out of 1000 survival rate.

  8. On September 2, 2020 at 4:07 pm,
    cfs says:

    A day late (More a month) and a dollar short (more like a few million$)

    Furthermore I am absolutely disgusted the Trump should mention George Floyd by name.
    George Floyd was a drug-addicted brual thug, a criminal, who was essentially a dead man walking, when police over-reacted in his arrest.
    I do not condone police brutality, but look carefully at the video in which it was alledged that George Floyd was killed, and then ask someone (preferably a friend who will obey instructions carefully) and ask them to place you in a similar position for not longer than a minute. (The minute is just in case they get the position seriously wrong)
    I am serious about that statement. Try it, and you will understand the impossibility of significantly closing off the windpipe from pressure from that angle…..both the spine and the jaw get in the way.
    Had the policeman had one knee on the neck and the other carrying most of the weight in the middle of the back, the weight of the policemen could have impeded lung expansion, but that was not the situation in the video.

    I believe that Trump, after his impeachment trial and all the treasonous attempts to remove him from office, was sufficiently shell-shocked and has been acting with too much caution in stopping rioting.
    To some extent I understand this is a political game which Trump is playing and the behavior of the Democrats in excusing what is clearly not peaceful protest, but overt violence and looting, has opened the eyes of the general public and driven support towards Trump away from Democrats.

    Nevertheless Trump’s failure to invoke the insurrection Act has allowed much more damage to property than is acceptable in my book. Further, I understand some insurance companies are invoking small print exclusions (act of God/war) to squirm their way out of liability for looting and fire damage. Whether the insurance companies will succeed after court is another matter.

  9. On September 2, 2020 at 5:35 pm,
    cfs says:

    School education is scary:

  10. On September 2, 2020 at 5:52 pm,
    cfs says:
  11. On September 2, 2020 at 7:10 pm,
    cfs says:

    Here we go again…..

    Message of the day: Don’t do drugs.

  12. On September 2, 2020 at 7:19 pm,
    cfs says:
  13. On September 2, 2020 at 7:21 pm,
    cfs says:
  14. On September 2, 2020 at 8:17 pm,
    cfs says:
  15. On September 2, 2020 at 9:09 pm,
    cfs says:

    Listen to at least the 12 to 14 minutes part on Biden and China money, knowing that China is organ harvesting.

  16. On September 2, 2020 at 9:12 pm,
    Buzz says:

    There are no both sides to law and order. One nation under God Almighty, the humbled shall not have the last word.

  17. On September 2, 2020 at 9:35 pm,
    cfs says:

    The more I learn, the less I like politicians:

  18. On September 2, 2020 at 10:41 pm,
    Excelsior says:

    Joel Fischer @JFNYC1 · 2 hours ago on Twitter

    “Raise your hands if you don’t recognize New York City.” #VIDEO

  19. On September 2, 2020 at 10:49 pm,
    Excelsior says:

    Ben Shapiro @benshapiro on Twitter:

    “This is one of the most obvious loads of horses*** I’ve ever heard. Every single person in CA knows this is forbidden. Every single human being.”

    BREAKING: “Nancy Pelosi’s office has confirmed the speaker got her hair cut indoors in a San Francisco salon, but released a statement claiming she didn’t know she’d done anything wrong.”

  20. On September 3, 2020 at 7:52 am,
    CFS says:
  21. On September 3, 2020 at 8:20 am,
    CFS says:
  22. On September 3, 2020 at 8:26 am,
    Excelsior says:

    Canada’s top doctor: ‘consider using a mask’ during sexual activity

    CTV News – Alexandra Mae Jones – September 2, 2020

    • On September 3, 2020 at 8:27 am,
      Excelsior says:

      Nothing says romantic like to lovers embracing wearing masks in the heat of their passion.

      What a mess….

      • On September 3, 2020 at 8:28 am,
        Excelsior says:

        to = two (or three I guess)

    • On September 3, 2020 at 9:39 am,
      CFS says:

      How on earth did anyone with such little commonsense manage to get an M.D. degree?

  23. On September 3, 2020 at 9:51 am,
    cfs says:

    I f you understand how the test is performed, without given the number of cycling required, any result over about 24 cycles is increasingly exponentially likely to be a false positive.
    Some of the Labs are running the tests at up to 40 cycles. This is an educated guess, but at 40 cycles any positive has about a 99.5 % of being wrong – a false positive.

    We haveill-educated people running the medical system.
    The most DEVIOUS of all is FAUCI, who is determined to make millions on vaccines, EVEN IF HE HILLS A FEW THOUSAND UNNECESSARILY.
    He deserves not to be fired, but struck off the medical register and tried for man-slaughter.