President Trump made a bold and very welcome statement today, that he would restore order, even if it meant calling in the military. There is literally no excuse for the destruction rioters have wrought and continue to throughout our nation, including committing multiple murders. America has been begging to find someone who would stop this kind of organized leftist anarchy. Here is the most important part of what the President said in the Rose Garden this evening:
First, we are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread 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 a 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...
I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail. This includes Antifa and others who are leading instigators of this violence.
One law and order — and that is what it is: one law. We have one beautiful law. And once that is restored and fully restored, we will help you, we will help your business, and we will help your family.
America is founded upon the rule of law. It is the foundation of our prosperity, our freedom, and our very way of life. But where there is no law, there is no opportunity. Where there is no justice, there is no liberty. Where there is no safety, there is no future.
After his Rose Garden speech, President Trump and senior Cabinet officials walked from the White House through Lafayette Park to the historic St. John church that the rioters set on fire last night. Some called this move a cowardly act, It wasn't. During my time at the White House budget office (OMB), I oversaw the U.S. Secret Service budget and learned much about what it takes to protect the president. I guarantee you that the Secret Service begged President Trump not to do this, and it gave them fits when he went ahead anyway. You can see the chaotic scene in the video below, and how hard it was for the Secret Service to manage everyone in the park.
Most people don't realize just how vulnerable the President was in this situation. And that goes as well for the Cabinet members who accompanied him, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Attorney General William Barr, Chief-of-Staff Mark Meadows, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley. It is literally unprecedented to have the top leaders of an administration so exposed and vulnerable.
The President was making a gutsy statement. Antifa thugs had been chased away earlier, but were still nearby. A reporter videoing the event made the remark that President Trump is the only president to walk over to the church from the White House:
[G]iven the protests, the disturbance, the violence we have seen over the last few days, it is truly remarkable that he is walking there, because every single president in history has driven to that church...
In the end, the President stood in front of the now boarded up church, holding a Bible in his hands. It was a classic photo. Our President. I am proud to support him.
Please don't forget to vote tomorrow if you haven't already. If you voted for me, or intend to do so, thank you for your confidence! I will send Pelosi Rubberstamp Ruppersberger packing, join with President Trump to Keep America Great, and begin the critical task of Making Maryland Great Again.