Attacking members of the mainstream media is nothing new for President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly described journalists as “the enemy of the people” and providers of “fake news.” This week, one of Trump’s targets was NBC News’ Peter Alexander, who CNN’s John King is vigorously defending.
During a press conference on the coronavirus crisis, Alexander asked Trump, “What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?” And Trump angrily responded, “I say that you’re a terrible reporter. That’s what I say. I think it’s a very nasty question. And I think it’s a very bad signal that you’re putting out to the American people. The American people are looking for answers, and they’re looking for hope — and you’re doing sensationalism.”
.@PeterAlexander: What do you say to Americans, who are watching you right now, who are scared?”
President Trump: “I say that you’re a terrible reporter. That’s what I say. I think it’s a very nasty question. And I think it’s a very bad signal that you’re putting out…” pic.twitter.com/IHzMs9hKtj
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 20, 2020
Wow. Here’s John King describing Trump’s attack on Peter Alexander as “bullshit” pic.twitter.com/7HvcMgwENb
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 20, 2020
In response, King gave Trump a vehement tongue-lashing on CNN, telling his colleague, Kaitlan Collins, that there was no justification whatsoever for the president’s “bullshit attack” on an NBC News reporter.
“What the president did to Peter Alexander is reprehensible,” King told Collins. “The American people are looking for answers. They do want hope, they do want support. Mr. President, that was a very fair question.”
The CNN reporter continued, “I get (that) there are, at times, disagreements…. between politicians and reporters. That was a 100% legitimate question with no hype, no shade, no bias. He just wanted to attack.”
Peter Alexander is a class act. That was a chance for 45 to calm Americans fears. But nope. Just an attack.
— Maryellen Murphy Ruggiero (@thelittlelotus) March 20, 2020
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Trump Administration Orders Military Police to Prepare to Deploy to Minneapolis
Concern is quickly growing on news the Trump administration has ordered U.S. Military Police to prepare to deploy to Minneapolis after four nights of protests. Federal law, specifically the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, makes it illegal in many cases to use the U.S. Military within the borders of the United States, especially for law enforcement.
Early Saturday morning the Associated Press reported “the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests.”
Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours.
President Donald Trump in a 1 AM Friday morning tweet threatened to call up the National Guard and shoot “thugs” in Minneapolis if state and local officials did “bring the City under control.”
Trump also tweeted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
The President promised he would “assume control” and “get the job done right.”
Trump hours earlier, according to the AP, had “asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.”
National security attorney Bradley Moss weighed in:
“If this is where the president is headed response-wise, it would represent a significant escalation and a determination that the various state and local authorities are not up to the task of responding to the growing unrest.” – me https://t.co/nMvNNLpb2I
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) May 30, 2020
Online many are referring to the Posse Comitatus Act to support their belief Trump’s actions might be illegal.
Former Bush chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter, now a law professor, fired off such a warning on Friday before the AP’s report:
Hey Big Boy.
Read the Posse Comitatus Act and stay out of Minnesota.
18 U.S. Code § 1385. Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus https://t.co/LyBKbrdioT
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) May 29, 2020
The Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe apparently disagrees:
Yes, that’s right. Posse Comitatus applies until another law does. In this case, the Insurrection Act would allow it. Was used after the riots prompted by the Rodney King beating in 1992 to send a few thousand soldiers and Marines.
Touched on this here:https://t.co/ydMuyQttzf
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) May 30, 2020
ABC News adds: “Under the post-Civil War law known as Posse Comitatus, the U.S. active duty military is forbidden from carrying out law enforcement duties. That ban can only be waived if a President declares a national emergency.”
Watch: Protester Scales DC Federal Government Building to Spray-Paint Profane Anti-Trump Message
On Friday, protests around the country continued against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
As CNN covered shots of protests in Washington, D.C., one demonstrator could clearly be seen scaling a Secret Service building, before taking out a can of spray paint and writing “F**K TRUMP” on the edifice.
One of Four Fired Police Officers Taken Into Custody in Killing of George Floyd
Derek Chauvin, one of the four now-fired police officers involved in the killing of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man, George Floyd, has been taken into police custody, according to multiple reports.
It is unclear if he has been arrested and charged, and if so with what violations.
News re the murder of George Floyd: The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has taken former Police Officer Derek Chauvin into custody
No charging decision has been made yet.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 29, 2020
It’s unclear why the other three officers involved were not taken into custody as well.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
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