Trump Warns Rioters about Monuments/ US Militias Grow

The recent riots in major cities are evoking a strong response from president Trump. He has ordered the National Guard into Washington, DC to protect historic monuments, but he has not yet resorted to using federal troops under the Insurrection Act of 1807. He also signed an executive order to protect monuments and memorials.

The Associated Press reported:

President Donald Trump described Americans tearing down and defacing monuments “vandals,” “agitators” and even “terrorists”…

The president also promised “retribution” for those who continue to go after monuments, which protesters have targeted for glorifying racism.

“Every night we’re going to get tougher and tougher, and at some point there is going to be retribution because there has to be,” Trump told Hannity.

“These people are vandals, they’re agitators, but they’re really, they’re terrorists in a sense.”

“Every night we’re going to get tougher and tougher, and at some point there is going to be retribution because there has to be,” Trump said.

OK, this is blunt talk from a great leader. Meanwhile the Democrats are silent and are turning a blind eye to the violence, riots, looting and to those attacking the monuments. This is tacit approval of their actions. And you can be sure that The Silent Majority of voters in the November election is going to put Trump back in the White House for a second term after weighing the response from each side.

The president called the rioters “terrorists” and that “there is going to be retribution”. This is really tough language that the media would whine is politically-incorrect. Too bad; Trump does not care about being politically correct. He cares about being right and about doing what it right for the country.

You can be sure that Trump has plans drawn up to take these “terrorists” down in a show of overwhelming force if necessary. Trump watched president George Bush blunder into Iraq and Afghanistan without the overwhelming force needed for a quick victory and the result was a drawn-out disaster in both countries.

On the other hand, we saw Trump act decisively and with great force in the Middle East; he ordered relentless airstrikes on ISIS terrorists in Syria using precision weapons. Reports say that the strikes killed 30,000 terrorists. This obviously wiped out a good part of the terrorist cohort and sent the rest running home in the face of an unwinnable fight. These strikes saved the nation of Syria from being taken over by ISIS.

Trump is a classic conservative who doesn’t lash out at the first provocation, but who builds up his response methodically and then acts decisively. He is like a snake that sits silently and then strikes with deadly force.

The Democrat/liberal method is to lash out immediately, like the rioters and monument-topplers are doing. This happens since liberalism is an ideology based on emotion and hair-trigger reactions.

But this always descends into chaos, which Trump does not want. He wants his actions completed quickly and decisively, not dragged out, like the riots are. believes that Americans have turned increasingly against the riots the longer that they have dragged on.

Some conservatives have complained that president Trump has not acted on the riots. But he has had limited authority to do so and thus we cannot expect too much too soon.

The same conservatives complained when Trump did not get the border wall built quickly enough; they said that he would never do it. But patience is a virtue. By the end of 2020 we are expected have 500 miles of border wall complete and by the end of his second term in 2025, the whole 2,000 mile border with Mexico should be walled off.

At the same time, the president tweeted out an FBI poster featuring images of 15 suspects who were photographed vandalizing and trying to tear down a statue of president Andrew Jackson near the White House. He tweeted:

“MANY people in custody, with many others being sought for Vandalization of Federal Property in Lafayette Park. 10 year prison sentences! @FBIWFO”

He posted about his executive order: “I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent…..”

This president is acting fearlessly. The photos of these people are all over the country now, thanks to Trump and his 55 million Twitter followers. Some are full-face photos and others have masks but are still identifiable. Some or all of them should be apprehended soon. Their images are going to fly all over the internet to every corner of the country. So no matter where these ‘terrorists’ came from, they are going to be identified and captured.

Update from Fox News:

The Department of Justice on Saturday announced charges against four men for their alleged involvement in the vandalization of the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., during a demonstration earlier this week.

The news broke just hours after President Trump tweeted 15 individual press releases from the U.S. Park Police, with photographs of suspects who allegedly desecrated the monument, which lies on federally owned property.

Lee Michael Cantrell, 47, of Virginia; Connor Matthew Judd, 20, of Washington, D.C.; Ryan Lane, 37, of Maryland; and Graham Lloyd, 37, of Maine, were all charged in a criminal complaint Friday with “destruction of federal property,” according to the Justice Department (DOJ).

The charges were announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin; Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office’s Criminal Division, James A. Dawson, and Acting Chief of the Park Police Gregory T. Monahan.

The complaint, which was unsealed Saturday, states that on June 22, the four men participated in damaging the statue alongside other rioters, while also being captured on video “attempting to pry the statue off its base with a wooden board and trying to pull the statue down with the aid of a yellow strap,” the DOJ said.

It also claims there is video evidence showing “Lloyd as he breaks off and destroys the wheels of cannons located at the base of the statue. Lloyd is then captured on video pulling on ropes in an effort to topple the statue and handing a hammer to an unidentified individual involved in the incident,” according to the department.

This is a good start on prosecuting these domestic terrorists.

US Militias Growing in Strength

For decades, Democrats and the Fake News media have been describing shadowy “militia groups” of armed white men. And while the groups do exist they have been scattered and remained in the background. But they now are coming out forcefully into the public view. The riots and looting in the cities have emboldened the militias to go public and, under the circumstances, to be welcomed by tens of millions of frightened Americans.

Here are excerpts from the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper in Ohio back in July 2019 reporting about militias, with a comment after each excerpt. It is interesting to look at this article since it was posted before the recent riots.

Plain Dealer reports: Historians and militia experts say the modern militia movement was born in the early 1990s, an era marked by fatal shootouts with federal agents at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas, and passage of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and Federal Assault Weapons Ban.

With Ruby Ridge and Waco, “essentially you had the government acting in ways that were egregiously violent in both cases, and seemed to be acting to enforce gun laws,” said Robert Churchill, an associate professor of history at the University of Hartford and author of “To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant’s Face: Libertarian Political Violence and the Origins of the Militia Movement.”

Those incidents, combined with raids by law enforcement agencies using military tactics and weaponry, gave gun owners “the perception that the government was coming after people like them,” Churchill said. That fear “may have been exaggerated, but it wasn’t crazy.” comment: Yessiree, all of a sudden that ol’ 2nd Amendment doesn’t look so crazy. These riots have led to huge increases in gun purchases and Americans are suddenly happy that we have a 2nd Amendment. You can be sure that tens of millions more Americans are now aware of how the Amendment works to protect individuals when the police cannot or will not. Because they have experienced the feelings of defenselessness and don’t like it one bit.

Plain Dealer reports: Churchill said there is a troubling difference between early militias that formed in the 1990s and current groups: The former tended to be local organizations comprised of friends and neighbors who could keep a check on members’ behaviors.

With the rise of the Internet, some newer militias can inspire “flash mobs” of people at events who are “more likely to go off the deep end,” Churchill said.

“The whole idea that we’re going to have public demonstrations while armed is inherently problematic,” he added. “The right to keep and bear arms doesn’t mean the right to bear arms as part of everyday politics.” comment: Notice how this liberal professor Churchill is concerned about “flash mobs” of Americans with guns, which has not happened, but makes no mention of cities being burned by ‘flash mobs’ of left-wing rioters all across America. This is typical of how the left twists the truth completely back on itself.

Plain Dealer reports: Mark Pitcavage, of Columbus, who has studied militias since 1994, once ran the Militia Watchdog web site and now works with the Anti-Defamation League, said militias have gone through stages of development. comment: Notice that the article is only a few paragraphs in when the anti-militia point of view is introduced (Militia Watchdog is an anti-militia group). This is classic leftist tactic, i.e., let’s act like we are going to talk about militias, but then turn it into a discussion of how terrible conservatives are.

Plain Dealer reports: After the initial formative burst in the 1990s, the groups declined from 2001-2007, then rebounded with the election of President Barack Obama, Pitcavage said.

Obama’s election coincided with an “anti-government fervor sweeping across America” in the form of conspiracy theories and anxieties about the recession, according to Pitcavage.

He also cited the increasing popularity of the Tea Party and Internet as factors contributing to militia growth. comment: The ‘conspiracy theories’ include the conservative idea that groups of communists are going to riot and burn down our cities and that we should be prepared. Except that that is not a theory; it is reality. But this is how the left operates. Any time that a conservative states a reality – that rioters are going to burn down cities or that the federal government wanted to stop president Trump from assuming office – it is called a “conspiracy theory” to discredit the idea. So when you see a “conspiracy theory” in the Fake News media, you can assume that it is true.

Plain Dealer reports: The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has long tracked what it describes as antigovernment extremist groups in the U.S., has similarly noted a periodic rise and fall in the number of militias, corresponding to U.S. presidents: higher under Democratic leaders, lower under Republican.

Its 2018 figures list 612 anti-government groups nationally, including 216 active militias. The SPLC said there were 36 anti-government groups in Ohio, including 13 militias.

Heidi Beirich, director of the Intelligence Project at the SPLC, said they track militias (largely on the Internet) that practice weapons and paramilitary training, and hold conspiratorial theories about the federal government – “like the government is going to come and take your weapons.” comment: Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said during a debate, “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.” Thus it is not a conspiracy theory to say that Democrats want to take your guns away.

The SPLC, by the way, is a far-left group that hates conservatives and hates president Trump.

Plain Dealer reported: There also are people who have no interest in politics but believe a militia can serve in protecting their communities, responding in the event of natural disasters, she added. comment: Yeah, right, natural disasters. How about people burning down your business?

Plain Dealer reports: Though opposition to gun control remains a perennial, core issue for militias, “ironically, even though they were jubilant about [Trump’s election], it actually posed a dilemma for the militia movement in terms of maintaining the intensity of fervor, beliefs and activities,” Pitcavage said. “How could you be passionately anti-government when the guy you love is at the head of government?”

The answer has been to embrace Trump’s stances regarding Muslims and immigrants, he said. Hence, the growing incursion of militias into Southwest states on the Mexican border to ostensibly staunch the flow of immigrants, Pitcavage said. comment: This is a genuine conspiracy theory coming from the left, that militias have flooded the border and set up shop to shoot illegal immigrants. There is zero evidence whatsoever that this is true.

Plain Dealer reports: Militias “don’t necessarily have the same passion that they did a couple of years ago, but they’re still disgruntled and disconnected and they’ve got to find ways to do things,” he said.

And militias are possibly risky, according to Pitcavage.

Although these groups “rarely develop a program for violence,” Pitcavage said, he noted that there is the potential for them to serve as “finishing schools for extremists” who “get tired of the ‘meet and retreat’ crowd and want to go off and actually do something about a problem, whatever they perceive that problem to be.

“The militia movement is an extremist movement with a long history associated with violent crime,” he said. “That doesn’t mean every militia group out there is likely or has committed a criminal act, but it’s definitely a major concern.” comment: A “long history associated with violent crime”? That sounds like black Americans, not white militias. But you will never see that inconvenient truth in the Fake News media.

Plain Dealer reports: However, Amy Cooter, a senior lecturer in sociology at Vanderbilt University who has done research on Michigan militias, recently said most of the Constitutional group members she met, “whether or not their fears are justified, really came from a good place.”

Acts of community service by militias may sometimes be exaggerated, but the Constitutionalist militias “genuinely believe that’s part of their mission,” she said. “They really, truly, want to be involved in the community.” comment: Gee, how did that positive thought about militias get into a story in the Fake News media? That must be their single sentence in the story to make it sound ‘balanced’.

Plain Dealer reports: The media’s portrayal of militias, which has influenced the public perception of these groups, also has changed over the years, according to Steven Chermak, a professor of criminal justice at Michigan State University and author of the book, “Searching for a Demon: The Media Construction of the Militia Movement.”

Chermak said that after the Oklahoma City bomber was reportedly linked to a militia, “all of a sudden a movement most people knew very little about became public enemy No. 1” in the media. comment: This is Fake News put out to harm organized gun groups. The Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was a ‘lone wolf’ and everybody knows it.

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