Three Republicans, Including Trump, Have Called For Americans To Be Hunted Down
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) became the third Republican to call for violence against American protesters amid nationwide demonstrations against police brutality, sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody.
Business Insider reported that Gaetz “suggested on Monday that protesters demonstrating against police brutality are part of antifa and should be hunted down like terrorists.”
The Florida Republican tweeted: "Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?"
Twitter tagged Gaetz’s tweet with a violation of its rules against glorifying violence.
Earlier on Monday, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) called for the use of military force against protesters, suggesting they are “Antifa terrorists.”
Cotton wrote on Twitter: “If local law enforcement is overwhelmed and needs backup, let's see how tough these Antifa terrorists are when they're facing off with the 101st Airborne Division.”
- The Arkansas Republican continued in another tweet: “And, if necessary, the 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, 1st Cav, 3rd Infantry—whatever it takes to restore order. No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters.”
Business Insider noted regarding Cotton’s statement:
"No quarter" is a military term that means a commander will not accept the lawful surrender of an enemy combatant and suggests the captive will instead be killed. The practice is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions.
Along with Cotton and Gaetz, President Donald Trump also has called for the use of force against protesters.
Trump told governors and law enforcement officials during a Monday phone call: "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."
After South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said, "We have to be careful, but we've got to be tough," Trump replied: "You don't have to be too careful, and you have to do the prosecutions."
The president also said that throwing rocks is “like shooting a gun,” adding that: "We've had a couple of people badly hurt with no retribution. You have to do retribution, in my opinion. You have to use your own legal system. But if you want this to stop, you have to prosecute people."