President Trump understands the American people better than any high-priced political consultant. He knows that the silent majority of voters still overwhelmingly support law and order in our communities.
When the recent wave of destructive riots swept through some of our country’s largest cities, the liberal media chose to look the other way, treating the violence, vandalism, and looting as legitimate responses to the unjust killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
Of course, a vast majority of the American people — many of them customers or employees of the small businesses destroyed in the riots — didn’t see it that way.
They desperately asked their state and local leaders for protection.
They begged looters to spare their shops, restaurants, and stores.
They pleaded with the thugs not to taint the memory of Floyd with senseless violence.
Sadly, elected Democratic officials and the mainstream media sided with the looters, restraining law enforcement from addressing the rampant lawlessness.
President Trump, however, wasn’t blinded by the biased coverage of riots on our streets, or by the misguided belief that the rioters should be conflated with the peaceful protesters calling for systemic reforms in the wake of Floyd’s death.
As radicals hijacked the peaceful message of protesters across America, the president urged state and local law enforcement to do everything in their power to protect their communities and to keep the peace — not just for the sake of local citizens and business owners, but also for the sake of the protesters themselves.
"I stand before you as a friend and ally to every American seeking justice and peace," he said at the time. "And I stand before you in firm opposition to anyone exploiting this tragedy to loot, rob, attack, and menace. Healing, not hatred; justice, not chaos are the mission at hand."
When mayors and governors still refused to protect their citizens, the president delivered a televised address to the nation from the White House Rose Garden, during which he declared that the federal government is prepared to step in and swiftly put an end to the violence if state and local authorities refused to uphold their duty.
"I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets," he said. " . . . If a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them."
Predictably, the president was instantly criticized by his political opponents and critics, who hysterically described his rhetoric as "authoritarian" and "dangerous."
CNN, for instance, wrote that President Trump "went from freedom fighter to authoritarian in about a week."
This point of view, however, is not shared by a vast majority of American people. According to a new poll from Morning Consult, 71% of voters said they support the use of the National Guard to address the ongoing "protests and demonstrations," while only 20% of respondents opposed the measure.
President Trump has always been a voice for those who have been ignored by their government and the media. The folks he has always referred to as the formerly "forgotten" Americans who were let down by the Washington establishment for decades are the very same people who made up the so-called "silent majority" in the past.
President Trump’s bold response to the violent riots proves that he continues to stand alongside the silent majority of American voters. Our president will always stand up for all Americans, especially those who are routinely forgotten and left behind by establishment politicians.
As New York City’s 40th Police Commissioner, Bernard Kerik was in command of the NYPD on September 11, 2001, and responsible for the city’s response, rescue, recovery, and the investigative efforts of the most substantial terror attack in world history. His 35-year career has been recognized in more than 100 awards for meritorious and heroic service, including a presidential commendation for heroism by President Ronald Reagan, two Distinguished Service Awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and an appointment as Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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