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By Joe Gandelman, The Moderate Voice, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

June 1, 2020 (San Diego) - After a weekend when more demonstrations and looting spread in aftermath of the death of Floyd George, CBS News reports that in a teleconference with governors Donald Trump called governors “weak,” said they need to “dominate” protesters.

According to CBS’s reporting based on an audio recording of the meeting — in other words, someone leaked it — Trump said law enforcement presence in Washington D.C. will increase today and he “said the protests are ruining the nation’s standing on the world stage. And he called on governors to pass new bans on flag burning, a constitutionally protected expression of free speech.” He said he plans to activate Attorney General William Barr “very strongly.”

Here are quotes from Trump from the CBS News report:

”Washington was under very good control, but we’re going to have it under much more control.. “We’re going to pull in thousands of people. We’re going to clamp down very, very strong.”

"You’re making a mistake because you’re making yourselves look like fools,” he told the governors at one point. “And some have done a great job. But a lot of you, it’s not – it’s not a great day for our country.”

"You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you. You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate.”

Trump said violence “is coming from the radical left — you know, it everybody knows it — but it’s also looters, and it’s people that figure they can get free stuff by running into stores and running out with television sets. I saw it — a kid has a lot of stuff, he puts it in the back of a brand new car and drives off. You have every one of these guys on tape. Why aren’t you prosecuting them? Now, the harder you are, the tougher you are, the less likely you’re going to be hit.”

Trump said he was “shocked” many states hadn’t called up the national guard: “If you’re weak and don’t dominate your streets, they’re going to stay with you until you finally do it. And you don’t want it. Philadelphia, you’d better toughen up. Because what’s going on in Philadelphia, like New York, is terrible. It’s terrible. You’d better toughen — they’ll never leave. I know you want to say, ‘Oh, let’s not call up the Guard, let’s call up 200 people.’ You’ve got a big National Guard out there that’s ready to come in and fight like hell. I tell ya, the best, what they did in Minneapolis was incredible.”

"You’ve got to arrest these people. You’ve got arrest these people – and you’ve got to charge them,” the president said to the governors. “And you can’t do this deal where they get one week in jail. These are terrorists, these are terrorists, they’re looking to do bad things to our country. They’re Antifa and they’re radical left.”

Be sure to read the full article for reaction from the governors.

The report said one governor called Trump’s words and tone “unhinged.” It’s worth noting that this is a major leak. Someone in on the meeting felt it was important to leak the audio to CBS and CBS felt the quotes were important enough to report. This kind of a detailed leak doesn’t happen very often. Or, as some suggest, did the White House leak the audio?

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Trump idea of leadership

This is pathetic. This is not leadership, this is Sonny Corleone going to the mattresses. Only it's the President of the United States and unhinged doesn't even begin to describe what he is ranting? Trump and his allies are Thugs advocating massive amounts of violence. His failure during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to 100,000+ Americans dead, far beyond the rest of the world, how many Americans does he want to kill during the fully justified protests over the the murder of George Floyd to add to his hideous record? He said he wasn't taking responsibility for COVID, now he's yammering nonsense and hate and violence from the underground bunker he's hiding in about the protests. He's a failed president and should be impeached again for his failures during these 2 National crisis' only this time Mitch McConnell needs to act like a patriot and convict Trump and get him out of our House.

Good job

Way to allow the press to turn the narrative. Trump was making this statement in regards to the riots that are happening in the various states not peaceful protesters. The riots are not fully justified and those people need to be dominated and put in jail for destroying communities. Anyone who thinks otherwise is ignorant. These riots are just distracting everyone from the movement and the injustice that people are trying to get across, the riots do absolutely nothing for the cause. That said, Trump has diarrhea mouth and has no filter or common sense when he talks or tweets.