President Trump commended Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear for already authorizing the deployment of the National Guard in order to help squash the civil unrest that was stirred up yesterday after it was announced that the officers involved in the Breonna Taylor incident wouldn’t be facing any charges.
Trump spoke with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on his radio program Thursday, noting that he had already spoken to Beshear and said “we’re working with him” to stop all of the mayhem that has ensued overnight in Louisville.
Here’s more from Fox News:
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Trump reiterated that he would not hesitate to send federal officers to Kentucky if Beshear requested him to do so, a strategy that garnered heavy backlash after federal forces deployed to Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C., to protect federal property being damaged during racial justice protests. The officers were accused of being heavy-handed with innocent bystanders and failing to identify themselves to demonstrators being arrested.
“We’ll close it down for you if you want,” Trump said he told the governor.
Overnight protests in Louisville turned violent as demonstrators expressed outrage at the grand jury’s decision earlier in the day to charge former officer Brett Hankison with wanton endangerment of Taylor’s neighbors’ lives – and not with the actual death of Taylor – during the shooting incident in March.
Two police officers in Louisville were shot during the rioting and looting, but the injuries they suffered were not life threatening.
Beshear is doing the right thing by calling in the National Guard. Things could become very bad without some law and order put in place. The last thing the city needs is to be torn apart by race riots.