In his speech, the President asserted that his “first and highest duty as President is to defend the great country and the American people,” adding that “all Americans are rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd.” Saying that his “administration is fully committed that for George and his family, justice will be served,” the President also commented on the string of riots that have erupted across the United States.
In response to the riots, the President vowed to dispatch “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property.”
As riots look to continue throughout the week across the United States, lawmakers and Sheriffs are gearing up for what’s to come, and Sheriff Grady Judd had words for those looting that are now set on targeting residential neighborhoods.
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In speaking to the media today, he directed his words to “criminals” wanting to vandalize, saying that he would “tell them if you value your life, you probably shouldn’t do that in Polk county.”
Reminding them that “the people of Polk county like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns, and they’re gonna be in their homes tonight with their guns loaded.” He added, “if you try to break into their homes to steal… I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns.”