(Note: Early Wednesday afternoon CNN changed the headline of the article mentioned below, which now excludes that there were peaceful protests Tuesday evening. In fact, no headline on CNN's homepage mentions the majority of protests turning peaceful. CNN does talk about the peaceful protests in the article.)
Who knew that showing strength as a leader, who also doesn’t put a dictatorial thumb on their people, worked? That’s obviously sarcasm, but the proof is in the pudding.
Following President Donald Trump’s march across the street from the White House to St. John’s Church, which some are calling “a necessary show of strength,” protesting in U.S. cities became mostly “peaceful” after days of rioting and looting in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
The aftermath of Trump’s appearance at St. John’s and his Rose Garden speech on Monday could possibly have impacted the level of chaos in U.S. cities to the point that the Associated Press (AP) wrote about how streets across the nation were the “calmest in days,” though they gave all the credit to protesters in containing the unrest.
“By Wednesday morning, arrests had grown to more than 9,000 nationwide since the vandalism, arson and shootings erupted around the U.S. in reaction to Floyd’s death May 25 in Minneapolis,” the AP’s Tim Sullivan and Matt Sedensky reported.
A large portion of the downturn should also be attributed to the Monday evening speech Trump gave in the White House Rose Garden, protests across the nation were - for the most part - peaceful. The president issued warnings to those that resort to rioting and looting as a means of displaying their outrage.
“The biggest victims of the rioting are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities, and as their President, I will fight to keep them safe,” Trump said. “I will fight to protect you. I am your President of law and order, and an ally of all peaceful protesters.”
As a result of the largely unchecked destruction of U.S. cities, Trump announced he would be taking “immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America.” Trump “strongly recommended” that the governors of every state call in the National Guard to try and gain control of the chaos.
The president also spoke about deploying United State military troops, both in Washington D.C. and to cities and states where leaders refused “to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents.”
Even leftist media outlet CNN published an article claiming in the headline that “demonstrations across the US turn more peaceful.” But much like the AP, the CNN article didn’t once mention Trump, his Rose Garden speech or his walk to St. John's as a contributing factor in the downturn of rioting and looting.
The media can deny it all they want - they won’t even acknowledge the possibility of a coincidence - but it looks as though there’s a correlation between Trump’s speech, along with his proposed terrorist organization designation of the far-left group Antifa, and protest not fully devolving back into chaos.
One other factor that contributes to the previously mentioned correlation is that the state of New York and New York City, run by Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio respectively, refused to take Trump up on his offer of a “dominating National Guard” in order to help mitigate the unrest.
Yesterday was a bad day for the Cuomo Brothers. New York was lost to the looters, thugs, Radical Left, and all others forms of Lowlife & Scum. The Governor refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard. NYC was ripped to pieces. Likewise, Fredo’s ratings are down 50%!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020
The fallout of the failure of Cuomo and de Blasio has since seen the two engage in a war of words that has the pair at odds with each other.
Trump’s position on showing force in order to curb rioting and looting in U.S. cities was supported by “registered voters” in a poll conducted by Morning Consult in which 58 percent of respondents replied that they either “strongly support” or “somewhat support” “calling in the U.S. military to supplement city police forces.”
For video of Trump's walk to St. John's, watch below: