President Trump has no plans of hiding his hatred towards the protestors who have come out to condemn police brutality against black people.
On Thursday, he shared a letter on Twitter that called all the peaceful protesters “terrorists”. These people were forcefully removed from the White House as the police fired rubber bullets and released tear gases to disperse the crowd.
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The letter was addressed to former Secretary of Defense Jame Mattis and was written by former Trump lawyer John Dowd. “The phony protesters near Lafayette were not peaceful and are not real,” Dowd's letter claimed, without citing any evidence. "They are terrorists using idle hate-filled students to burn and destroy. They were abusing and disrespecting the police when the police were preparing the area for the 1900 curfew.”
The fact that Trump called people who are practicing their constitutional rights “terrorists” is quite alarming. He continues to threaten the protestors with military and other strongarm approaches.
On Monday, he called himself “your President of law and order” seconds before the protestors outside the White House were gassed so that he could go and visit a church for a photo-op.
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Modern Military Association of America, a non-profit organization for the LGBTQ+ military and veteran community criticized the letter.
“Donald Trump just crossed a very serious line that demands swift and forceful condemnation by every Member of Congress,” said the group's interim executive director, Air Force veteran Jennifer Dane. “Promoting a letter that labels American citizens peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights as ‘terrorists’ is an egregious breach of his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. Now more than ever, it is absolutely crucial that Trump be held accountable for his reckless actions.”
Despite criticism, President Trump continues to defend his stance as he believes that all the looters, thieves, and terrorists should face the military. He also supported the decision of flying a National Guard helicopter over the protestors on Monday night, saying that he did not have a problem with it.