“You have to dominate…or you’ll look like a bunch of jerks. You have to arrest and try people,” said US President Donald Trump on Monday during a private conference call with governors and national security officials. “If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time—they’re going to run over you.”
He had been speaking about the ongoing unrest in a number of states in the United States, following the death of Minneapolis resident, George Floyd.
President Trump said, “It’s a movement, if you don’t put it down it will get worse and worse. The only time it’s successful is when you’re weak and most of you are weak,” he added.
A source on the call, who reportedly shared it with The Daily Beast, called Trump’s talk “unhinged” noting that it often veered off in various directions. At one point, the source said, the president brought up flag burning and encouraged states to pass laws banning it.
“Flag burning is a disgrace… We have a different court. And i think that It’s time to review that again,” he said. “They wanted to climb up flag polls in Washington in order to burn flags, but we stopped them… If you wanted to try and pass a very powerful flag burning statute, anti-flag burning, I hope you do it because we will back you 100 percent, all the way. I hope some of you do it.”
At another, he is said to have blurred legal lines when discussing the need for prosecution. “When someone is throwing a rock, that’s like shooting a gun. What’s the difference?. “You have to do retribution in my opinion,” he reportedly said.