President Trump late Thursday afternoon delivered a brazenly political speech from the White House designed to gin up his base, and revealed he has ordered the 15,000 troops allegedly heading to the border to shoot any migrants if they throw rocks at U.S. soldiers.
After describing the migrants, who are mostly women and children, as “vicious,” President Trump said, “I hope not,” if he expected violence.
“It’s the military,” Trump mentioned, suggesting that there would be violence.
“Anybody throwing stones, rocks, like they did to Mexico, where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico – we will consider that a firearm, because there’s not much difference. When you get hit in the face with a rock, we consider that a firearm, because there’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock,” the American president told reporters.
“They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” President Trump added. “We’ll consider — and I told them — consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I say consider it a rifle.”
There actually is a great deal of difference between being hit with a rock and a bullet.
He also described the migrants entering Mexico as the “break-in” of a country.
Asked if he envisions the US military firing at migrants at the border, President Trump says: “I hope not.”
“I will tell you this, anybody throwing stones, rocks … we will consider that a firearm, because there’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock.” pic.twitter.com/mnsc56EFT7
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 1, 2018
On social media many expressed outrage:
Those are NOT the rules of engagement for the troops outlined by the Pentagon. Back to you Secretary Mattis? https://t.co/4HLHS7tdMR
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) November 1, 2018
American President orders troops to shoot unarmed migrants in order to win an election is not a great moment for this country https://t.co/qSbLfLVMGv
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) November 1, 2018
Guns and rocks are exactly the same. That’s why I play Glock, paper scissors.
— Nathan Rodriguez (@ParagHatzNate) November 1, 2018
— Barb Fowlds (@fowldsbarb) November 1, 2018
Now I’m not a ballistics expert, but I’d be willing to bet there’s quite a bit of difference between a thrown rock and a bullet traveling 2,000+ feet per second. https://t.co/yETCUE8Vmb
— Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) November 1, 2018
Trump won’t help you or your family with healthcare costs or prescription drug costs. He won’t help increase your wages or lower gas prices. But he just announced that he’s authorizing the US military to shoot and kill migrants in the caravan if they throw a rock. https://t.co/RKuvWJJHbk
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) November 1, 2018
Trump says “a rock” will “be considered a firearm.”
He is encouraging border agents and soldiers to commit crimes. Shoot to kill anyone who throws a rock at the southern border. No commander at southern border will allow shooting anyone for throwing a rock.
— Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) November 1, 2018
“There’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock”
WTF is he even talking about? https://t.co/Ao2mREvyA3
— Deep State Wisco 🏴☠️ (@Wisco) November 1, 2018
I should hope our men and women in uniform would refuse an order to fire on refugees. https://t.co/bWZVZqN2FX
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) November 1, 2018
You’d goddamned well better be down there with cameras, @NbcNews. If he authorizes the murder of innocent people, innocent children, and the media looks away, the empire is over. https://t.co/l3rDhRD9AJ
— Saundra Mitchell 🏳️🌈 All Out (@SaundraMitchell) November 1, 2018
Is this the country people want to live in? Where women and children are fired on by U.S. soldiers with automatic weapons? Stones are not bullets. https://t.co/tKedSPRcYD
— Richard Stengel (@stengel) November 1, 2018
This has a real chance of ending so fucking bad. https://t.co/oT5ByETylI
— Esmé (@Bearsatwit) November 1, 2018
what the actual fuck..
‘because there’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock.’
wait… what? https://t.co/zQwDhSxMXq
— BIRTHDAYBITCH (@deadoriya) November 1, 2018
Trump approves of SHOOT TO KILL for hypothetical rock throwing immigrants and asylum seekers.
Is this who you want the U.S. to be?
Do we kill asylum seekers?
Do we allow the vulnerable in the U.S. to die from lack of health care?
THIS is what you’re voting on.
Who are we?
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) November 1, 2018
I was discharged from the U.S. Air Force quite a while ago. But I have never forgotten the oath and responsibilty of all military personnel to disobey unlawful orders. https://t.co/ABKWmGvU16
— Daniel Pinkston (@dpinkston) November 1, 2018
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‘Greatly Representative of Our Nation’: Trump Says the RNC Will ‘Probably’ Use White House for His Convention Speech
President Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed that the RNC is considering holding a portion of its August convention on the White House grounds, an unprecedented break with acceptable norms and ethics.
Calling the White House “greatly representative of our nation,” Trump says he will “probably” accept the GOP nomination from the South Lawn and deliver his acceptance speech there.
“I’ll probably do mine live from the White House,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends,” NBC News reports. He claimed one of the reasons to do it at the White House is to save the taxpayers money.
“It would be the easiest from the standpoint of security,” he said. “It’s a very expensive operation militarily, and law enforcement-wise the Secret Service is fantastic. But, you know, it’s a big deal, and we’re thinking about doing it from the White House because there’s no movement, it’s easy and I think it’s a beautiful setting.”
Trump’s speech is scheduled for Thursday, August 27, just three weeks from tomorrow.
Experts say anyone in the administration participating, aside from Trump and the Vice President, would be in violation of the Hatch Act.
Here’s the president discussing his convention plans:
Defending plans to accept the Republican nomination at the White House, Trump says he likes DC: “I spend a lot of time here and I like it. And I think it’s a great place, and greatly representative of our nation.” pic.twitter.com/C3V4LN9UYr
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) August 5, 2020
Trump May Deliver Convention Speech and Accept GOP Nomination From the South Lawn of the White House
President Donald Trump may make yet another move to obliterate longstanding norms and the separation of politics from matters of state by accepting the GOP nomination for president and delivering his convention speech, all televised across the nation, live, from the vaunted South Lawn of the White House.
“Republican National Convention planners are considering the White House South Lawn,” The Washington Post reports.
It is yet another unprecedented move, one that fits in well with Trump’s usurpation of the power and trappings of the Oval Office for personal and political gain, and his equating of the Office of the Presidency with himself.
“Every White House staff member who participates in this violates the Hatch Act,” law professor and former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter says.
The Hatch Act “does not apply to ‘rooms in the White House or in the residence of the Vice President, which are part of the residence area or which are not regularly used solely in the discharge of official duties,'” the Post notes.
The New York Times reported Monday the interior of the White House is also being considered by the RNC.
Local Police Unions Are Colluding With Trump’s Secret Police Force — and Not Telling Elected City Officials
Local police unions appear to be going around the elected officials who oversee their departments to work with federal agents to crack down on protesters in some cities.
Leaders in Chicago and Portland have publicly disavowed federal law enforcement policing demonstrations in their cities, the president of Portland’s police union met with Homeland Security acting secretary Chad Wolf last week to discuss Customs and Border Protection agents, reported The Daily Beast.
That meeting apparently came without the knowledge of the city’s police chief, and the president of Chicago’s police union reached out to President Donald Trump for federal intervention against protesters in that city.
The administration is sending 150 federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations to Chicago, and protesters there have said local police and federal agents are obviously working together.
Trump has threatened to send federal agents into other cities, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland as a show of force against protests that have continued for just about two months following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.
Daryl Turner, the president of Portland’s police union, met with Trump’s DHS acting secretary after the Portland Police Association passed a vote of no confidence against the city’s elected officials, and the police chief seemed confused about whether officers had met with Wolf.
Portland police are bound by a judge’s injunction forbidding tear gas and other less-lethal tactics, but federal agents are not — and activists believe local officers are using those unbadged and camouflaged agents as cover.
“They stand right next to each other and shoot us at the same time,” said local activist Greg McElvey. “That’s usually the telltale. They disperse crowds at the same time, we see them talk to each other. Other than throwing people into vans, this is all stuff the Portland Police were already doing.”
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