Activist: To end rioting and looting, Trump should call in troops

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
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BLM protest in NYC June 2020A conservative black activist says President Donald Trump shouldn't hesitate to call on the American military to bring an end to the violence that's racking large cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes using military forces for law enforcement in containing current street protests, tamping down threats from President Trump, who had warned states he was willing to send troops to restore order.

Less than 48 hours after the president threatened to use the Insurrection Act of 1807 to contain protests if governors were not able to get a handle on unrest, Esper said it should be invoked in the United States "only in the most urgent and dire of situations." He declared: "We are not in one of those situations now."

But Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of the Los Angeles-based Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, argues that things are out of control.


"I never thought that I would live to see when the violent people – the lawbreakers, the ones who hate good, the ones who hate America and the ones who hate white people – would be literally running the country," he exclaims. "But when you look at the police department, when you look at the politicians – many of them are liberals who hate America as is."

Trump and members of his administration have singled out the Antifa movement as being responsible for the violence at some of the protests over the past week. In a pair of statements over the weekend, Attorney General William Barr described "Antifa-like tactics" by out-of-state agitators and said Antifa was instigating violence and engaging in "domestic terrorism" and would be dealt with accordingly.

Protests in Los Angeles Nat'l Guard June 2020In addition, Trump tweeted on Sunday: "The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization." He followed that up on Monday at a White House appearance, blaming Antifa by name for the violence, along with violent mobs, arsonists and looters.

Peterson tells OneNewsNow that he "absolutely" supports Trump's call to designate Antifa a domestic terrorist group.

"When I heard him say that, I was jumping for joy. Now we just need to bring the military in," he adds. "Forget about the National Guard – he can bring them in if he wants, but we need to stop this madness immediately."

Fox News reports today that among leads being pursued by the Department of Justice is the possibility of Antifa being involved in directing violent acts in recent days. The DOJ cites "trends" it is finding amid growing instances of objects being hurled at police across the country – such as plastic bottles that are often filled with cement, multiple incidents of Molotov cocktails thrown at buildings, and pre-staged bricks placed and transported to protests.

Associated Press contributed to this story.


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