US President Donald Trump has threatened to send in the military to stop growing civil unrest in the US over the death of a black man in police custody.
POTUS said if cities and states failed to control the protests and “defend their residents” he would deploy the army and “quickly solve the problem for them”.
The protests across the US began after a video clip went viral, showing a black American named Floyd, 46, being arrested in Minneapolis on 25 May and a white police officer continuing to kneel on his neck even after he pleaded that he could not breathe.
His statement of deploying the army for Americans has left many furious and the reactions are pouring in on social media:
Trump is “planting the seeds” for Martial Law.— Jen Perelman For Congress (@JENFL23) June 1, 2020
First the National Guard.
Then the Military.
Finally declaring War on our own citizens.
And our elected officials ON BOTH SIDES will do nothing.#CivilWar2 #MartialLaw2020 #DownBallotProgressives pic.twitter.com/5ePm4sDxEB
Make no mistake, Trump would not initiate Martial Law to protect American citizens from dying from COVID-19, but he will do it now to stop people from exercising their First Amendment Rights. pic.twitter.com/OrnB377tUu— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) June 1, 2020
Look, I know @realDonaldTrump has never, or will ever, read the Constitution. But come on, people. It’s right fucking there. Can’t one of his dumbass cronies make a pop-up picture book for him?#AmericaOrTrump #MartialLaw2020 #25thAmendmentNow pic.twitter.com/oXChqdzF9O— Daniel Conder (@ThisOldNerd) June 2, 2020
Fuck the "Laws of your nation"— Lower Class Magazine (@LowerClassMag) June 2, 2020
rich white son of an racist oligarch raping and stealing and invading other nations: becomes president
poor black guy who allegedly (!) paid with a fake 20 dollar bill: gets tortured and killed by police #Trump pic.twitter.com/yi8xl2Qpto
President Donald Trump is also being slammed by church leaders and politicians for using tear gas and pepper spray to clear out protesters near St. John’s Church in order to visit the chapel, accusing him using his visit for a photo opportunity on Monday evening, carrying a Bible in his hand.
Trump was allegedly angry about news coverage that he fled into a White House bunker on Friday during George Floyd protests, and told his aides he wanted to be seen outside the White House gates, prompting his walk to St. Johns, according to CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlin Collins.
I’ve never seen a bible look so uncomfortable. pic.twitter.com/FxDYqvodcB— Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow) June 2, 2020
This is the president we have. They’re all for peaceful protests until they breakout the tear gas and start shooting rubber bullets so our #DictatorTrump Can Speak. #MartialLaw2020 Fuck this asshole and his armed forces if they attack Americans. pic.twitter.com/F98xdJHFNI— Manu Intiraymi (@ManuIntiraymi) June 2, 2020
He holds that Bible like it’s burning him.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 2, 2020