Q Are you concerned at all by the armed militias on the streets? Are they a worry or are they to be applauded?
THE PRESIDENT: I think a lot of people are looking at what’s happening to these Democrat-run cities, and they’re disgusting. They see what’s going on, and they can’t believe this is taking place in our country. I can’t believe it either.
One of the reasons I’m making the trip today and going to Wisconsin is we’ve had such a big success in shutting down what would be, right now, a city — that would’ve been Kenosha — a city that would’ve been burnt to the ground by now. And we’re going to really say hello to law enforcement and the National Guard. And it all stopped immediately upon the National Guard’s arrival.
So, you know, it’d be easy to stop. I saw last night where these radical anarchists were trying to get into the mayor’s house, and lots of bad things were happening to this poor, foolish, very stupid mayor. I mean, how he could be mayor, I have no idea. But all he has to do is call and, within 10 minutes, their problem will be over.
As you know, they have to call us. They have to call and request help. All he has to do is call, and the problem will end. They had tremendous numbers of people, really, harassing him horribly, and, I guess, trying to break into his house. And he still sticks up with him because he’s a fool. Only a fool would stick up for them like that. These are anarchists. These are agitators. They’re rioters. They’re looters. They’re bad people. They’re burning down Portland. And you take a look at that. You take a look at the scenes last night. And then the fake-news media will say that they’re friendly protesters. Because you people — I’ll tell you, if we only had an honest press in this country, we’d be much more advanced. But we have a very dishonest press.
Yes. Any other questions?
Q Mr. President, can you speak at all — you’ve spoken a lot about the anarchy that you’re referring to. What about racial divisions? Would you like to bridge some of those gaps?
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, I would. I would.
Q And do you think that anything that you’re saying is helping with that?
THE PRESIDENT: I think it’s helping because I’m about law and order. And if you look at the black community, they want the police to help them stop crime. The Hispanic community, they want police. Eighty-two percent, eighty-four percent — numbers that you haven’t even seen — they don’t want crime. They don’t want to be mugged. They don’t want to have any problems. And it’s just a shame.
And as far as the previous administration, take a look at Baltimore, what happened. Was it Freddie Gray? Take a look at Baltimore. Take a look at St. Louis. Take a look at Ferguson. Take a look at what happened. What they had was — it put what we’re doing — it put them to shame — it put it to shame. Take a look at those places. And you always had Portland. Portland has been like this — I read an article today — for 50 years this has been going on. I’d like to stop it, and we could stop it quickly. All they have to do is say, “Okay, President, now we’re ready. Now we’re ready.”
When I watched that scene last night, with all of those really horrible people outside of the mayor’s house, I also saw the way they shot the young gentleman in the street. He was targeted. They targeted him. They shot him in the street, and then they were so happy, and he died. You don’t mention that. You mention somebody spray-painted somebody from the other side. They shot a man in the street. They executed a man in the street — a religious man, in the street. And you don’t mention it. It’s not even a story. You talk about other things.
The press should be ashamed of themselves. I think the press is actually — the media is what’s fueling this, more so than even Biden, because Biden doesn’t know he’s alive. The press is really fueling this, and they’re fueling it horribly. And you’re doing a great disservice to your country.
When the message is being shouted from the highest and most powerful perches of society that white people are all racist, and black people are being “hunted” by them, we cannot be shocked to see these results. It was inevitable.
History tells us that casting any group of people as the villain, and telling other groups that the villain group is a direct threat to their existence, always leads to horrible things. Always. 100 percent of the time. And now we get to learn that lesson all over again.