With no end in sight to the chaos caused by the looting and riots, President Donald J. Trump on Monday invoked the Insurrection Act of 1807 that hasn’t been used in the US since 1992.
POTUS went out of his way to support the peaceful protests, but also to differentiate that Rioters would not be tolerated. On the other side, the media is working its hardest to conflate the two.
“We cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob,” Trump said. “I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protestors.” He calls out the anarchists, looters, rioters and the extremist group Antifa for the unrest.
In order to deploy troops to the states, the president had to formally invoke a group of statutes known as the Insurrection Act of 1807, that allows him to deploy troops anywhere across the nation
“I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop rioting and looting, to end the destruction,” he said.
The Insurrection Act of 1807 (10 U.S.C. §§ 251–255; prior to 2016, 10 U.S.C. §§ 331–335)f is a US federal law that empowers the U.S. president to deploy military troops in specific circumstances, including suppressing civil disorder, insurrection and rebellion.
The Civil-War era Posse Comitatus Act prohibits federal troops from performing certain domestic law enforcement actions, like making arrests, seizing property or searching people. When extreme cases present themselves, the president can invoke the Insurrection Act that allows the use of the National Guard and active-duty troops for law enforcement.
“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,” President Trump said of the Act.
The last time the Insurrection Act was invoked was in 1992, by President George H.W. Bush, in response to the riots in LA following the exoneration of four white officers that brutally beat the black motorist Rodney King. When this verdict was released, a mob mentality took over South Central Los Angeles, causing death and destruction for many.
President Trump said he believes that our great days still lie ahead. “I am taking these actions today to reaffirm resolve and with a true and passionate love for our country,” he said.
After issuing this statement, the President and several high-ranking officials boldly walked out of the White House gates, crossing Lafayette Park and walking to the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church. There, the president held a bible up to Heaven, and his entourage — Attorney General William Barr, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and chief of staff Mark Meadows — posed for the press photos at the boarded-up church. The emblematic church had been partially destroyed by a fire that rioters lit on Sunday evening.