US President Donald Trump has mentioned that the protesters, who went violent within the aftermath of the dying of African-American George Floyd, did not spare even the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Washington DC, describing the demonstrators as a “bunch of thugs“.
Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25 after white police officer Derek Chauvin handcuffed and pinned him to the ground, and knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes while the 46-year-old from Houston gasped for breath.
The footage, which went viral, showed Floyd pleading with the officer, saying he can’t breathe. His death sparked nationwide violent protests with some protesters resorting to vandalism, looting and rioting across the country, leaving behind a trail of destruction.
“You know, they started ripping down Abraham Lincoln. When they hit Lincoln, I said wait a minute. This is the man and you can do – then they hit George Washington, Thomas Jefferson. They had everybody,” Mr. Trump mentioned at a well-attended election rally in Minnesota, a State that he misplaced by slightly over 44,000 votes in 2016, on Friday.
He additionally talked about in regards to the statue of Gandhi in Washington DC that was vandalised by unknown miscreants on the peak of the nationwide protests.
“They even had Gandhi. All Gandhi wanted was one thing, peace. Right? We have peace. Rip down his statue. We don’t like him. I don’t think they have any idea what they’re doing,” Mr. Trump mentioned.
“I think they’re just a bunch of thugs, okay, you want to know the truth. I think they’re a bunch of thugs,” he mentioned.
The president informed his cheering viewers that he had signed an govt order that might put such miscreants in jail for 10 years.
Now, no person even talks about taking statues down, he mentioned.
The vandalised statue was restored later by the Embassy of India right here, with the assistance of National Park Police and the State Department.
“We had a period of time when they were ripping down all of the statues and monuments, and I said to my people four months ago, I said this is crazy. These people–and they don’t even know,” Mr. Trump mentioned.
Now that he has signed an govt order, Mr. Trump mentioned that no person has confirmed up in 4 months to take down a statue.
“Because you know why? They look and they say I want to take on that statue. I’m going to take down that statue. That statue’s coming down. And then somebody says, you know, it’s 10 years in jail. They go that’s too much. I’m getting out of here. It’s true,” he mentioned amidst laughter.
“Ten years is not acceptable. Ten years is a lot to rip down a statue, have a little fun, especially when they have no idea what they’re ripping down. But we have an idea what they’re ripping down. They’re ripping down, in many cases, greatness. They’re ripping down our past. They’re ripping down our history,” he mentioned.
“That’s where these guys begin. The take away your history. You look at the Middle East. You look all over. Look what ISIS did. Look what all of them do. They go down and they go to museums and they break everything and they rip everything. They want to take away your past. They are not taking away the past of the United States of America. Not as long as I’m here,” Mr. Trump mentioned.