President Trump on George Floyd Protests CSPAN May 30, 2020 11:42pm-11:51pm EDT
the heritage foundation's john malcolm talks about senate republicans' efforts to investigate the origins of the russia probe. watch c-span's "washington journal," live at 7:00 a.m. eastern. join the discussion. >> president trump talked about the violence and rioting following the death of george floyd while in police custody in minneapolis. he was a portion of his remarks in florida after the launch of the spacex dragon capsule. to say a trump: i want few words about the situation in minnesota. the death of george floyd on the streets of minneapolis was a grave tragedy. it should never have happened. it has filled americans all over the country with horror, anger, and grief.
yesterday, i spoke to george's ofily and expressed sorrow our entire nation for their loss. i stand before you as a friend to every american seeking justice and peace, and i stand before you in firm opposition to everyone exploiting this tragedy to loot, rob, attack, and menace. justice,not hatred, not chaos, are the mission at hand. [applause] the police officers involved in this incident have been fired from their jobs. one officer has already been arrested and charged with murder. state and federal authorities are carrying out an investigation to see what further charges may be
warranted, including against, sadly, the other three. in addition, my administration has opened a civil rights investigation, and i have asked the attorney general and justice department to expedite it. thaterstand the pain people are feeling. we support the right of peaceful protesters, and we hear their pleas, but what we are now seeing on
the streets of our cities has nothing to do with justice or peace. the memory of george floyd is being dishonored by rioters, looters, and anarchists. the violence and vandalism is a and othery antif radical left-wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses, and burning down buildings.
the main victims of this horrible, horrible situation are in theseens who live once lovely communities. the mobs are devastating the and's work of good people destroying their dreams. right now, america needs creation, not destruction, cooperation, not contempt, security, not anarchy, and there will be no anarchy. civilization must be cherished, defended, and protected. the voices of law-abiding citizens must be heard and heard very loudly. we cannot and must not allow a small group of criminals and vandals to wreck our cities and lay waste to our communities. we must defend the rights of every citizen to live without violence, prejudice, or fear.
we support the overwhelming whority of police officers are incredible in every way and devoted public servants. they keep our cities safe, protect our communities from gangs and drugs and risk their own lives for us every day. no one is more upset than fellow law enforcement officers by the small handful who fail to abide by their oath to serve and protect. my administration will stop mob violence, and we will stop it cold. it does not serve the interest ofjustice for any citizen any race, color, or creed, for the government to give into anarchy, abandon police
, or allow communities to be burned to the ground. won't happen. those making excuses or justifications for violence are not helping the downtrodden but delivering new anguish and new pain. from day one of my administration, we have made it a top priority to build up distressed communities and revitalize our crumbling inner cities. we fought hard with senator tim scott and many others to create opportunity zones, helping to draw a surge of places in ourthe country that need it most. we must all work together as a society to expand opportunity and create a future of greater dignity and promise for all of our people. we must forge a partnership with
community leaders, local law enforcement, and the faith community to restore hope. radical left criminals, thugs, all throughout our country and throughout the world will not be allowed to set communities ablaze. we won't let it happen. it harms those who have the protectingwe will be those who have the least. the leadership of the national guard and department of justice are now in close communication inh state and city officials minnesota, and we are coordinating hour efforts with -- our efforts with local law enforcement across the nation. in america, justice is never achieved at the hands of an angry mob.
i will not allow angry mobs to dominate. won't happen. it is essential that we protect the crown jewel of american democracy -- the rule of law and our independent system of justice. every citizen and every community has the right to be safe in their workplace, safe in their home, and safe in our city streets. this is the sacred right of all americans that i am totally determined to defend and will defend. alwaysnistration will stand against violence, mayhem, and disorder. we will stand with the family of george floyd, with the peaceful protesters, and with every law-abiding citizen who wants decency, civility, safety, and security. we are working toward a more
just society, but that means building up, not tearing down, joining hands, not hurling fists , standing in solidarity, not surrendering to hostility. >> next, minnesota governor tim walz and the mayors of minneapolis and st. paul update reporters on the protests and rioting following the death of george floyd while in police custody along with mobilizing the minnesota national guard, he said law enforcement is investigating if out-of-state groups are responsible for organizing some of the violence.