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When It Comes to Blm Protesters, Trump Asks, ‘can’t You Just Shoot Them?’


According to Axios, former President Donald Trump asked then-Secretary of Defense Mark Esper if rallies near the White House after George Floyd’s murder might be prevented by killing demonstrators.

Trump was “red-faced” and “complaining loudly about the protests in progress,” according to Esper, who made the revelation in a book slated to be released next week.

“Can’t you just shoot them?” Trump allegedly asked, according to Esper. “Should I just shoot them in the legs?”

According to Axios, Esper wrote, “The good news – this wasn’t a difficult decision.” “The bad news was that I had to figure out how to walk Trump back without causing the disaster I was attempting to avert.”

The National Guard, the United States Park Police, and local police used tear gas and rubber bullets to remove demonstrators out of Lafayette Park on June 1, 2020.

When It Comes to Blm Protesters, Trump Asks, 'can't You Just Shoot Them'

Though it was initially reported that the protestors were moved out so Trump could create a photo op at a church, an Interior Department Inspector General’s report last year concluded that the protesters were taken out so the park could be fenced in.

Esper spoke out against Trump’s use of the Insurrection Act to quell the protesters, saying at the time that “using active-duty soldiers in a law enforcement role should only be used as a last resort, and only in the most urgent and dire situations.” “Right now, we’re not in one of those situations.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump considered firing Esper at the moment, but opted to keep him; Trump eventually “dismissed” Esper after losing the 2020 election, which he still claims he won.

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According to Axios, Esper’s book was examined by almost three dozen high-ranking officials, including other Cabinet secretaries and Pentagon officials, before it was approved for publishing.

According to Esper’s counsel, the Pentagon retracted its objection to the “overwhelming majority” of the information in Esper’s book earlier this year, after the Defense Department dropped its opposition to the “overwhelming majority” of the substance in Esper’s book.

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