President Donald Trump called on New York City authorities to call in the National Guard to deal with unrest, arson, and looting amid protests over the death of George Floyd.
In calling on New York to activate the Guard, Trump said that “lowlifes and losers are ripping” the city apart. “Dont make the same horrible and deadly mistake you made with the Nursing Homes,” he said, referring to a controversial state directive that was ultimately scrapped during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minutes before, Trump wrote that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo refused his “offer of a dominating National Guard” as the city was “ripped to pieces.”
Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a citywide curfew from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. following destruction in various neighborhoods.
“Last night was a bad night in New York City,” the governor said on Monday. “Its New York City, where I do believe there are people who use the chaos of the moment. Its an opportunity. If you want to steal, thats the night to do it. If you are an extremist group, and you want to preach anarchy, thats the night to do it.”
Cuomo said that while he stands behind protesters, “there are people who are looking to distract and discredit this moment.”
“The violence and the looting has been bad for the city, the state and this entire national movement, undermining and distracting from this righteous cause. While weRead More From Source