President Trump addressed the recent protests and riots that shook the nation following the death of George Floyd in police custody and touted his law and order bonafides at a campaign rally in Tulsa this weekend. “Joe Biden and the Democrats want to prosecute Americans for going to church, but not for burning a church,” Trump said. “They believe you can riot, vandalize, and destroy, but you cannot attend a peaceful pro-America rally.” “They want to punish your thought, but not their violent crimes,” the president added.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: When rioting and looting broke out in our nation’s Capitol, I very quickly deployed the National Guard. I said get them in after watching for an evening or two. We stopped the violence and restored peace and order to the streets. And last night that had a little breakout again. They ripped down a statue that was 110 years old, beautiful piece of art in front of the police precinct with our radical left mayor watching on television. We’re not happy. That’s going to be very expensive for DC. They’re always looking for money. We need more money. We always need more money, and then they don’t do the proper job. So it’s not going to be good for Mayor Bowser, Mayor Bowser. They were heading over to the Jefferson Memorial recently, and they wanted to do damage to our great, beautiful Jefferson Memorial. Not going to happen. Don’t worry about it. (BOOING) We have it surrounded with very strong people. The choice in 220 is very simple. Do you want to bow before the left-wing mob? Or do you want to stand up tall and proud as Americans? True. (APPLAUSE) And explain this to the NFL. I like the NFL. I like Roger Goodell, but I didn’t like what he said a week ago. I said where did that come from in the middle of the summer? Nobody’s even asking. We will never kneel to our national anthem or our great American flag. We will stand proud, and we will stand tall. (APPLAUSE) I thought we won that battle with the NFL. The stadiums were emptying out. Did you see those stadiums? It took them a long time to get you back. A lot of people didn’t like that. You know a lot of people that you wouldn’t even think would care that much. I’ve had people that I said these are super left-liberals, and they didn’t like it. Joe Biden and the Democrats want to prosecute Americans for going to church, but not for burning a church. (BOOING) They believe you can riot, vandalize, and destroy, but you cannot attend a peaceful pro-America rally. (BOOING) They want to punish your thought, but not their violent crimes. They want to abolish bail, abolish, and open up your borders. They want open borders, let everyone, and by the way, we’re doing so well. We have a record this month on the borders. Nobody’s coming in. Very few people.