President Donald Trump said in an exclusive interview Wednesday with Newsmax TV that cities around the country are out of control and in desperate need of law and order, which he will bring if liberal mayors will not.
"Right now, I think the nation really needs law and order because you have a bad group of people out there and they're using George Floyd, and they're using a lot of other people to try and do some bad things," Trump told "Spicer & Co." during a sitdown with his former press secretary, Sean Spicer, at the White House.
Trump said Democrats have stood aside and allowed rioters to destroy Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles and other cities throughout the United States. That approach has only led to more lawlessness and destruction.
"You have Democrat . . . in all cases, Democrat, super-liberal mayors, I mean the mayor of Minneapolis was disgraceful when I watched that. When I saw cops fleeing a precinct, there's no reason in a million years that should have been done," Trump said. "We took that mess, it was a total mess, and we brought in the National Guard. We took care of it, and now it's very good. If you look at that area, it's very good."
Trump acknowledges the country needs time to heal, but only after order has been restored.
"We need healing, but we also need strength and we need toughness and we need law and order. We need it all, but we do need healing," Trump said.
To gain control, Trump said the National Guard might be necessary to deal with some of the factions of people bringing violence to these cities.
"The National Guard is customary, and we have a very powerful National Guard, over 300,000 men and women, and we can do pretty much whatever we want," "But as far as going beyond that, sure, if it was necessary. We have antifa. We have anarchists. We have terrorists. We have looters. We have a lot of bad people in those groups."
Trump said some of the media coverage of the looters and rioters in cities around the country has been skewed to favor the criminals who steal and destroy property.
"Now if you watch MS-DNC . . . and if you watch fake news CNN . . . it's almost like these are the most wonderful on earth. They're not. When you look at the real clips, they're not. They're a lot of bad people, and they're a lot of good people. There are some great people . . . you have a lot of radical left crazy people, and you have people who don't want good for our country," Trump said.
Trump added: "At the same time, we need healing and all of those things, but we need safety in our cities. And when they didn't take care of it, we took care of it in Washington, D.C."
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