President Donald Trump allegedly ordered governors to ‘dominate’ George Floyd protesters in an ‘unhinged’ video call, according to newly leaked audio.
Trump is reportedly heard in of the call, which was obtained by CBS News, telling governors that they need to step up law enforcement measures in response to the protests so ‘you’ll never see this stuff again.’
‘You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over your, your’re going to have to look like a bunch of jerks,’ Trump reportedly said.
‘Washington was under very good control, but we’re going to have it under much more control. We’re going to pull in thousands of people.’
Trump allegedly went on tell the governors they need to ‘arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you’ll never see this stuff again,’ the president went on to say to the governors – with one participant saying that Trump’s tone seemed ‘unhinged’
The president blamed the violence on the ‘radical left,’ and said, ‘you know it, everybody knows it, and it’s people that figure they can get free stuff by running into stores and running out with television sets.’
Trump tweeted on Sunday that he was classifying Antifa – a left-wing, antifascist movement – as a terrorist organization after pinning much of the blame for the chaos seen during the protests on the group.
The president’s Monday call with governors came after he spent parts of the weekend sheltering in the White House. Trump has not been seen in public since the SpaceX launch on Saturday and was reportedly moved to a White House bunker on Friday as demonstrators gathered outside the White House.
In response to the protests at the nation’s capital, Washington mayor Muriel Bowser has instituted a 7pm curfew for the next two nights. However, many other cities have also put curfews in place only for them to be disregarded by demonstrators.
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