Last night, America crossed a dark and worrisome threshold.
The moment came in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as a 17 year old boy shot and killed two demonstrators during a turbulent protest over the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Blake was involved in an altercation with police in which he was shot in the back 7 times at point blank range. The incident was captured on video, and was soon going viral on social media. Protests ensued, and rioting after that.
The chaos last night was the final straw for the federal government, however.
President Trump on Wednesday said he will send federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, Wis. to restore “law and order” amid days of unrest in the city.
“We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets,” the president tweeted Wednesday. “My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance. (Portland should do the same!)”
The president added: “TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!”
The “law and order” ethos of Trump has been on full display as of late, with similar declarations and deployments having occurred in other American cities where violence has sprung up – including the aforementioned Portland, Oregon.
These federal deployments have been controversial, however, with freedom advocates worried that the precedent set by Donald Trump here could lead to martial law sooner rather than later.
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