Trump Blames Antifa for Violence in Cities, Vow to Involve Justice Department
While demonstrations over the death of George Floyd began in Minneapolis, Minnesota, they haven’t ended there. The protests have now expanded to cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Nashville and Atlanta.
Some of the protests have been peaceful while others have grown violent with cars and building being burned and widespread looting. On Saturday, President Donald Trump blamed the violence in the city on Antifa and the Far Left.
The President made the comments while in Florida for the space shuttle launch. He told reporters:
“The memory of George Floyd is being dishonored by rioters, looters and anarchists. The violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other radical left-wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting business and burning down buildings. The main victims of this horrible, horrible situation are the citizens who live in these once lovely communities.”
Trump then promised to use the Justice Department to punish those who damage property. He continued, “Radical-left criminals, thugs and others all throughout our country and throughout the world will not be allowed to set communities ablaze. We won’t let it happen. It harms those who have the least. And we will be protecting those who have the least.”
The President closed his prepared remarks by saying, “In America, justice is never achieved by the hands of an angry mob. I will not allow angry mobs to dominate—won’t happen. It is essential that we protect the crown jewel of American democracy, the rule of law and our independent system of justice.”