President Trump admonished protesters across the country who are causing destruction, again blaming Antifa and the “radical left” without any proof.
He instead presented himself as an ally of all Americans who are seeking justice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, in his most in-depth remarks since Floyd’s death and the ensuing nationwide violence.
“I stand before you as a friend and ally to every American seeking justice and peace. And I stand before you in firm opposition to anyone exploiting this tragedy to loot, rob, attack and menace. Healing, not hatred, justice, not chaos are the mission at hand,” Trump said while speaking at the Kennedy Space Center.
Trump said that what is happening on the streets of America right now “has nothing to do with justice or with peace” and that the memory of Floyd “is being dishonored by rioters, looters and anarchists.”
The President added “the violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other radical left-wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses, and burning down buildings,” without providing any proof that the groups he is blaming are responsible for the destruction.
Trump added the voice of “law abiding citizens must be heard and heard very loudly.”
The President said that “we must defend the rights of every citizen to live without violence, prejudice or fear” before voicing support for “the overwhelming majority of police officers who are incredible in every way and devoted public servants.”
“No one is more upset than fellow law enforcement officers by the small handful who failed to abide by their oath to serve and protect,” Trump added.
Trump said that violence will be stopped cold. “In America justice is never achieved at the hands of an angry mob. I will not allow angry mobs to dominate,” he said.
Trump again noted that leadership from the National Guard and the Department of Justice is in communication with and coordinating response with local authorities.
He then closed his remarks about the violence with a message of hope, asking American to come together.
“We are working towards a more just society, but that means building up, not tearing down. Joining hands, not hurling fists. Standing in solidarity, not surrendering to hostility,” Trump said.