Trump Pays Homage To Church Burned In Riots With Bible In Hand

Trump Pays Homage To Church Burned In Riots With Bible In Hand

President Donald Trump walked across Pennsylvania Avenue Monday night as the District of Columbia’s 7 p.m. curfew went into effect following brief remarks in the White House Rose Garden.

In his primetime speech to a nation in peril, Trump pledged to bring “law and order” to a nation in anarchy before observing the damage at the historic St. John’s church.

While protestors outside the White House gates were chanting in the background, Trump pledged to invoke the 1807 Insurrection Act to deploy federal troops in the absence of state action to quell the violent protests destroying the nation’s cities following the death of George Floyd in police custody.

“My administration is fully committed that for George and his family, justice will be served,” Trump said following days of rioting and tweeting. “He will not have died in vain. But we cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protestors to be drowned out by an angry mob.”

Trump pointed to the ruthless actions of the rioters assaulting innocent civilians, destroying small businesses even if they are minority owned and defacing sacred monuments.

Innocent people of 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.

Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020 presidential campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at [email protected]
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