Esperate Measures

“Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper charges in a memoir out May 10 that former President Trump said when demonstrators were filling the streets around the White House following the death of George Floyd: ‘Can’t you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?'” Esper says Trump wanted to shoot protesters. “Michael Bender — then with The Wall Street Journal, now with the N.Y. Times — reported last year in his book, Frankly, We Did Win This Election, that Trump repeatedly called for law enforcement to shoot protesters during heated meetings inside the Oval Office.” (In fairness to Trump, he only called for shooting peaceful protesters. When it came to the insurrectionists, he was very pro-assembly.)

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