Trump Holds Nothing Back in Criticism of Governors

President Trump unloaded on governors in a phone call Monday over how they’ve responded to protests and riots across the country following the death of George Floyd, calling them “weak” and urging them to “dominate.”

“Most of you are weak,” Trump said. “You have to arrest people.”

“You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time,” he said, according to a senior staffer in a governor’s office who was listening to the call. “They’re going to run over you, you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate.”

Trump, on the call with governors, law enforcement and national security officials, also told local leaders they “have to get much tougher” on protesters. Trump also promised to “clamp down” on protests in D.C.

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