Former President Donald J. Trump has been making waves again, this time at an Iowa rally where he didn’t hold back from sharing his thoughts on the destructive BLM riots of Summer 2020. Trump claimed that he was kept from using the U.S. military to crack down on the chaos by forces within his own government. But at the rally, he sent a clear message to the American people: “The next time, I’m not waiting.”
Trump didn’t hold back in his assessment of some of America’s biggest cities, calling his hometown, New York City, and Chicago “crime dens.” He expressed his concern about the state of the country, saying, “We cannot let it happen any longer.” He also hinted at a more proactive approach to dealing with crime in cities, stating, “The next time, I’m not waiting.”
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While Trump didn’t go into specifics about how he would intervene, the Associated Press suggested that he might consider deploying the U.S. military. The AP reported that Trump and his advisers have indicated a willingness to have broad authority to call up military units if needed. This aggressive stance is consistent with Trump’s agenda, which includes plans for mass deportations of illegal immigrants and the restoration of travel bans from nations affected by radical Islamist terrorism.
The AP also cited Joseph Nunn of the Brennan Center for Justice, who raised concerns about the President’s potential use of the Insurrection Act of 1795, which could grant him wide-ranging powers to deploy the military to address domestic unrest. Nunn emphasized the political constraints on the President’s use of the Insurrection Act, but also called for legislation to limit Trump’s ability to invoke it.
On the other hand, Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institute expressed confidence in the institutional checks and balances in the country, suggesting that Trump would face legal hurdles in implementing such drastic measures. However, he acknowledged Trump’s ability to navigate the legal complexities in pursuit of his goals, especially in times of heightened mayhem and violence.
The debate over the potential use of the Insurrection Act has sparked significant controversy, with the law having been invoked forty times in the past. Most notably, it was used to enforce desegregation and address mass civil unrest during events such as the race riots of 1968. The last time a sitting President invoked the Insurrection Act was in 1992 when President George H.W. Bush deployed the Federalized California National Guard to Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots.
Trump’s comments and the ensuing speculation about the potential use of the Insurrection Act have reignited discussions about the balance of power between the federal government and local authorities, stirring up concerns and debates across the political spectrum.