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U.S. President Donald Trump called the nation's governors "weak" and demanded tougher crackdowns on protesters. 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday derided the nation's governors as "weak" and demanded tougher crackdowns on protesters in the aftermath of another night of violent protests in dozens of American cities.

Trump spoke to governors on a video teleconference with law enforcement and national security officials, telling the local leaders they "have to get much tougher" amid nationwide protests and criticizing their responses.

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Lanivan

As President of the United States, any thoughts on healing a Nation Divided due to injustice, inequality, police brutality, and systemic racism? Nope? Well then, how about a plan or policy guidelines to help get back to work the 44 million currently out of jobs due to the Covid-19? Anything on helping states fiscally strapped after 3 intense months of battling the spread of new, deadly, and highly contagious aggressive virus for which there is no vaccine, and which killed 104,000+ people and infected over 1.7 million people (within 3 months)? No plan for this, either? Looks like your plan is to haul out guns and dogs and just shoot US citizens who essentially have little or no government support, guidance, or even concern during an unprecedented time of depression-level unemployment during a pandemic not seen for a century, while being racially victimized......and I can't wait to see the reports on what groups all those white people doing a lot of the rioting and looting belong to. Should be very interesting.

T-Bird

Those white folks are antifa and progressive losers living in their Mom's basement with nothing better to do. They are not Trump supporters, so don't get your hopes up. They even set out pallets of bricks for easy access for the looters. These are left wing anarchists who were just waiting for a reason to hijack what would be mostly peaceful protests. If it weren't for these troublemakers, there'd be no rioting and looting. This isn't Trump's fault and racism didn't just get invented.

Lanivan

You are repeating the hyper-partisan right wing influencers on social media who are pushing this conspiracy theory of antifa looting and rioting. Trump put out the call - again with little or no evidence of any kind yet - that antifa was the instigator and he wanted to name them a terrorist organization (which he can not legally do). Naturally, an aspiring fascist would want to criminalize a loose collection of people calling themselves "anti-fascists". That a no-brainer. No, this has the earmarks of right-wing agitators who are itching to start a race war that would allow Trump to declare martial law and militarize the streets of our cities. There's just no denying the facts: This is an impeached president, faced with a deadly plague, the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression, and the worst riots in a generation.....and struggling mightily.

T-Bird

Again, showing your breath-taking ignorance. Antifa themselves took responsibility and my lying eyes can see their "uniforms" of black hoodies and black masks. I do not adhere to social media whatsoever, preferring to remain anonymous to the world. Fascism has no right wing influences any longer. It have been hijacked by these left wing anarchists. This "loose collection" is using a very coordinated sophisticated approach to hitting strategic targets. They are not just domestic, but have international cells as well. There are few, if any, right wing agitators involved here whatsoever. This is the work of antifa. And they should have been deemed a domestic terrorist group long ago. That would have dried up their monetary assets and rendered them impotent. As for the rest of your weapons-grade ignorant screed about Trump - get some help with your mental illness. It'll be a very difficult time for you when he is re-elected in the fall. All the best.

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