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Trump Silent As Nation Burns From Violent Riots
U.S. President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House after arriving on Marine One in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Trump vowed his administration would end what he called "mob violence" in U.S. cities following the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of Minnesota police, blaming leftist groups for clashes with police and property damage around the nation.
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President Donald Trump remained silent late on Sunday as the nation burned from riots across the country, including an iconic church that was on fire across the street from the White House.

The last tweet from Trump that addressed the riots currently ravaging the U.S. came at 6:52 p.m. EST, when Trump tweeted: “LAW & ORDER!” No other information was included with Trump’s tweet.

At 12:23 p.m. EST Trump tweeted: “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”

Thirteen minutes later, Trump tweeted: “The Lamestream Media is doing everything within their power to foment hatred and anarchy. As long as everybody understands what they are doing, that they are FAKE NEWS and truly bad people with a sick agenda, we can easily work through them to GREATNESS!”

Outside of those tweets, Trump has been silent as riots continue to sprawl across the U.S., including as the iconic St. John’s Church near the White House was on fire.

“Unfortunately, I can add just a moment it does appear that St. John’s Church is on fire, the Parish office,” Fox News’ Kevin Corke reported live on air. “We went downstairs, and it is on fire.”

“This is awful,” Corke continued. “We saw graffiti, once the door was broken, we saw something similar happen earlier and as you can see there’s definitely a fire here.”

All of this came as at least 75 cities across the U.S. have seen protests or riots in recent days and hundreds of people were arrested across the country over the weekend.

Right-leaning political commentator Mike Cernovich hit Trump hard over his lack of response, writing on Twitter, “Does Trump have dementia or something? Because sitting on his fat ass right now isn’t the right move.”

Conservative Fox News political commentator Lisa Boothe wrote on Twitter: “We are leaderless right now and anarchy is winning. Where are our leaders? Where is @realDonaldTrump? There is a leadership vacuum and we need him to fill it. He needs to lead.”

National security expert David Reaboi tweeted: “I don’t know who’s preventing Trump from doing the right thing and being forceful tonight. But they shouldn’t be working at the White House.”

Daily Caller News Foundation Editor Peter Hasson mocked Trump over his “LAW & ORDER!” tweet, writing, “Well I guess if you tweet it then you don’t need to do anything else.”

Former CIA officer and Fox News regular guest Bryan Dean Wright responded: “Wake the president. Address the nation, @realDonaldTrump. It’s time to take control.”

Daily Wire columnist Matt Walsh wrote: “Trump is losing re-election right now as we speak. His failure of leadership is simply staggering. He billed himself as the law and order candidate. He’s done nothing but tweet for a week as the country burns.”

Voice of America reporter Steve Herman tweeted: “Small structure on northeast side of Lafayette Park set on fire. This blaze would be visible to @POTUS if he happens to look out a window on the residence floor of the @WhiteHouse.”

Newsweek Editor Josh Hammer wrote: “Where is the president of the United States?”

Amber Athey, Washington Editor of the Spectator, wrote on Twitter: “Is everyone on board now that Trump needs to act? Or am I going to get more meltdowns in my mentions when I ask #WhereIsTrump ???”

Human Events Managing Editor Ian Miles Cheong also mocked Trump’s “LAW & ORDER” tweet, writing: “Doesn’t look that way. The entire country is on fire.”

Conservative Ryan James Girdusky wrote on Twitter: “The narrative is being set in stone… it’s almost too late. America is looking for leadership and @realDonaldTrump is listening to his advisors Brooke Rollins and Jared Kushner and staying silent. While America burned, Trump tweeted… that’s how history will remember the moment”


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