After 3 nights of violent rioting, including fires, looting, defacing of property, and injuries to over 50 U.S. Secret Service agents, President Trump warned non-peaceful protesters that the military would be getting the out-of-control situation under control.
Videos of a US Military helicopter hovering over protesters who are violating curfew are circulating around on Twitter.
You certainly can’t say they weren’t warned.
— Daniella Cheslow (@DaniellaCheslow) June 2, 2020
Here’s another shot of a helicopter flying over curfew violating protesters, as law enforcement works to clear the city.
The military is using black hawk helicopters to dispersd in DC right now flying lower than building height of 12 stories pic.twitter.com/RMa9LIh8t4
— Anna (@anabananaaaah) June 2, 2020
Another video shows curfew violators shielding their faces from the wind created by the helicopter overhead:
Military helicopters trying to disperse protesters here in DC pic.twitter.com/md6hYVqE7u
— Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) June 2, 2020
Here’s one more angle showing the protesters below:
Military helicopters flying dangerously low over crowds in Washington, DC pic.twitter.com/KmjMhRjCY1
— Michael Pegram (@MichaelNBC12) June 2, 2020
Down below, protesters were “peacefully” walking by and throwing rocks through the Teamsters Union Headquarters and Hotel after violating their curfew.
Significant smashing begins: Teamsters union HQ and hotel smashed in view of US Capitol
— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) June 2, 2020
President Trump stood in the Rose Garden tonight in advance of the protests and announced that he would be deploying the US military in cities across America to stop the rioting, looting, and destruction caused by “peaceful” protesters.
“I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson. And to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights… We are ending the riots and lawlessness that is spreading throughout our country. We will end it now. Today I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets. Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled. If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”
"These are not acts of peaceful protest. These are acts of domestic terror." pic.twitter.com/ht7uLFgJRx
— The White House 45 Archived (@WhiteHouse45) June 1, 2020
He wasn’t joking.