President Trump on Tuesday turned up the pressure on New York to quell the violent protest, urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to “call up” the national guard to stop the “lowlifes and losers” following another night of widespread looting and rioting chaos.
“NYC, CALL UP THE NATIONAL GUARD,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. “The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart. Act fast!
In an apparent jab at Gov. Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic, Trump added, “Don’t make the same horrible and deadly mistake you made with the Nursing Homes!!!”
NYC, CALL UP THE NATIONAL GUARD. The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart. Act fast! Don’t make the same horrible and deadly mistake you made with the Nursing Homes!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020
Earlier, Trump called Monday a “bad day for the Cuomo Brothers,” tweeting that Governor Cuomo “refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard” while mocking his brother, Chris Cuomo, a CNN anchor as “Fredo” for having tumbling tv rating.
“Yesterday was a bad day for the Cuomo Brothers. New York was lost to the looters, thugs, Radical Left, and all others forms of Lowlife & Scum. The Governor refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard. NYC was ripped to pieces. Likewise, Fredo’s ratings are down 50%!” he tweeted.
Yesterday was a bad day for the Cuomo Brothers. New York was lost to the looters, thugs, Radical Left, and all others forms of Lowlife & Scum. The Governor refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard. NYC was ripped to pieces. Likewise, Fredo’s ratings are down 50%!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020
Later in the day in another tweet, Trump mentioned the looting of Macy’s flagship in Herald Square as another reason for his former home state to “bring in National Guard!”
“Macy’s at 34th Street, long the largest single department store anywhere in the world, & a point of pride in NYC, was devastated yesterday when hoodlums and thieves vandalized it, breaking almost all of its large panels of storefront glass,” Trump tweeted. “What a shame. Bring in National Guard!”
President Trump threatened to mobilize the military to clamp down on nationwide protests sparked by George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody. He “strongly recommended” that every governor deploy the use of their National Guard in “sufficient numbers” to quell the violent protests as some demonstrators over the past five nights began looting businesses, lighting garbage cans, and police cars on fire and vandalizing buildings and monuments.
“Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled,” Trump said during brief remarks on Monday. “Today, I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets. If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the U.S. military and quickly solve the problem for them.”
Shortly after Trump’s remarks, the New York Governor called the president’s remarks “shameful,” but didn’t denounce that he wouldn’t call on deploying the National Guard in the future.
“The president is calling out the American military against American citizens,” Cuomo tweeted Monday. “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 show for this president. Shameful.”
On Monday, both Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NY) imposed an 11 p.m citywide curfew following the destruction over the weekend that erupted in luxury stores in SoHo looted and fires were set in the street. The Governor stated that New York 13,000 National Guard are on standby as backup and wouldn’t be sent unless the NYPD fails to stem the violence and looting.
Monday’s late-night curfew, however, failed to prevent another night of destruction as looters openly defied the crackdown across the boroughs of Manhattan and The Bronx. Dozens of luxury and local stores were ransacked, while injured officers and setting street fires in the process. According to the NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, around 700 people were arrested as a result of looting and destroying property during Monday night’s protest.
De Blasio on Tuesday announced the curfew will be moved up to start at 8 p.m and will be extended through Sunday. He acknowledged that New York will continue to see more “tough few days” of chaos, but rejected using the National Guard for help.
Meanwhile, dozens of New York elected officials are calling for the deployment of the National Guard to restore order, saying the mayor has lost control of the protests. Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) who is a captain in the Army National Guard called for the deployment to help enforce the new curfew put in place.
“Last night demonstrated that the Mayor has lost control of situation once and for all,” Rose tweeted. “If we are going to enforce an 8:00 p.m. curfew tonight, then the National Guard must be deployed to assist with that and that alone.”
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