AceShowbiz - Donald Trump is making yet another controversial statement while addressing the nationwide riots in the wake of the death of George Floyd. During a speech in the Rose Garden of the White House on Monday, June 1, the president threatened to use the American military to end violent protests.
While he claimed that he is "an ally of peaceful protesters," he will step in if cities or states "refuse to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents." If governors fail to take action, POTUS said he would deploy the U.S. military and "quickly solve the problem for them."
After his speech, Trump then made rare walk on foot to St. John's Episcopal Church across the street, which was damaged by fire during the protests on Sunday night. He held up a bible in front of its doors for a photo op.
The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese, Mariann Edgar Budde, whose diocese oversees St. John's, was "outraged" by Trump's actions. In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, she said Trump "used a bible and church of my diocese without permission as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus."
Many have also slammed Trump for his threat to use military force to end the riots. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote on Twitter, "The president is calling out the American military against American citizens. He used the military to push out a peaceful protest so he could have a photo op at a church. It's all just a reality TV shot for this president," adding that it was "shameful."
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs called out the president, tweeting, "TRUMP IS TRIPPIN!!!" Cardi B expressed her disbelief at the president's statement, "Believe it or not the president have a lot of power in his tongue.Today he held a press conference.Instead of comforting us letting us know that justice will be made and THAT YES !Black lives matter! He goes and threaten the people makin the people more angry !"
John Cusack labeled Trump a "dictator," while Issa Rae dubbed him a "white supremacist president," adding that she thinks his "cowardly enablers would rather kill everybody than stop killing black people." Rosanna Arquette also spoke against Trump, calling him "lawless and disorderly for almost 4 years."
Joy Behar, "The View" co-host, called for an action to stop the use of violence to end the protests, "All I see are peaceful protestors [sic] being intimidated by Trump's mounted police. A disgrace. We saw what happened at Kent State many years ago. These are young people. Stop it." Khalid expressed his disgust as writing, "Martial Law???? Are you f**king serious????"