IL Gov. “Immediately” Confronted Trump After His Demand To “Dominate” Protesters
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) confronted President Donald Trump during his call with the nation’s governors over the president’s violent rhetoric surrounding widespread protests against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that during the call, Trump “urged state leaders to ‘dominate’ by sending people to ‘jail for a long period of time’ and warned they’d look like ‘a bunch of jerks’ if they didn’t heed his advice.”
Pritzker immediately responded to Trump’s words, saying he is “extraordinarily concerned about the rhetoric that’s been used” by the president.
The governor said to Trump: “It’s been inflammatory, and it’s not OK for that officer to choke George Floyd to death, but we have to call for calm. We have to have police reform called for. We’ve called out our National Guard and our State Police, but the rhetoric that’s coming out of the White House is making it worse.”
Pritzker continued: “And I need to say that people are feeling real pain out there. And we’ve got to have national leadership in calling for calm and making sure that we’re addressing the concerns of the legitimate peaceful protesters. That will help us to bring order.”
In response, Trump took aim at Pritzker’s remarks amid the pandemic.
Trump responded, “OK, well thank you very much, J.B. I don’t like your rhetoric very much, either, because I watched it with respect to the coronavirus, and I don’t like your rhetoric much, either. I think you could have done a much better job, frankly.”
The president also said during the call, which was joined by Attorney General William Barr and Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that his administration is “strongly looking for arrests” at the protests.
“We got a lot of men. We have all the men and women that you need. But people aren’t calling them up. You have to dominate,” Trump said. “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.”
“And you have to arrest people, and you have to try people, and they have to go to jail for long periods of time,” Trump said.