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Trump May Have Violated The 4th Amendment After Threatening To Order Military To Shoot Black Americans, Legal Experts Say

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In a tweet early Friday morning as nationwide protests against the police killing of George Floyd intensified for the fourth straight day, Donald Trump called Minneapolis demonstrators “thugs” and said he is prepared to send in the U.S. military to occupy the city with a green light to open fire on those who damage property, writing, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

As noted by Commondreams, The tweet was swiftly condemned by members of Congress and advocacy groups as morally repugnant. Legal experts also warned that law enforcement officials or military personnel carrying out such an order from the president would be in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

“Trump doesn’t care at all about the Constitution, of course, especially when he’s trying to scare voters,” tweeted Orin Kerr, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “But actually following a policy of ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’ would violate the Fourth Amendment, for starters.”

Kerr pointed to Tennessee v. Garner, a 1985 case in which the Supreme Court ruled that the use of deadly force by law enforcement “to prevent the escape of all felony suspects, whatever the circumstances, is constitutionally unreasonable.”

“Where the suspect poses no immediate threat to the officer and no threat to others, the harm resulting from failing to apprehend him does not justify the use of deadly force to do so,” the high court’s ruling states.

“Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump tweeted. “Thank you!”

Twitter posted a content warning over the tweet and said the president’s message violated the platform’s rules against “glorifying violence.”


Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, an NBC News legal analyst, said “Trump’s tweet threatening ‘shooting’ in Minneapolis is disgusting and repulsive to our system of laws.”

“Every American should denounce this threat to use unconstitutional deadly force,” McQuade tweeted.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) condemned the president’s threat as a call “for violence against Black Americans.”

“His advocacy of illegal, state-sponsored killing is horrific,” tweeted Warren. “Politicians who refuse to condemn it share responsibility for the consequences.”

In a statement on Friday, Jeffery Robinson, director of the ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality, urged the hundreds of National Guard members who have been activated in Minneapolis as well as the city’s police force to “comply with the law and not President Trump.”

“President Trump has told police officers in New York that they should feel free to use violence against ‘thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon,'” Robinson said. “He did not hesitate to claim to a foreign leader that there is no racial problem in America. The president’s latest suggestion that law enforcement or the military should literally murder protesters is, unfortunately, no longer shocking.”

“Trump’s response ignores the fact that the inherent problem is not the reaction to Mr. Floyd’s murder,” Robinson added. “The problem is Mr. Floyd’s murder.”

H/T: Commondreams.org

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‘I can’t In Good Countenance Continue To Show This’: Fox News Cut Away From Trump’s Press Sec. For Pushing Baseless Claims Of Election Fraud

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Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto on Monday cut away from a press briefing featuring Kayleigh McEnany, who is both the White House press secretary and a Trump campaign spokesperson, as she continued to push Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud.

“She’s charging the other side as welcoming fraud and illegal voting. Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue to show you this,” Cavuto said as he cut off the press conference, pushing back on what he described as “explosive” charges from McEnany.

“Not so fast,” Cavuto added.

McEnany suggested, without evidence, that Democrats welcomed “fraud” and “illegal voting” in the 2020 election.

“We want every legal vote to be counted,” McEnany said, echoing President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that votes for President-elect Joe Biden were illegal.

Though multiple major news outlets, including Fox News, have declared Biden the projected winner of the 2020 election, Trump has refused to concede and is rejecting the results, claiming that he won the election.

Meanwhile, a number of world leaders have congratulated Biden on his victory, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Even before the end of voting on November 3, the president repeatedly signaled he would claim the election was “rigged” against him if he lost, but there is no evidence to substantiate such claims.

Watch Nei Cavuto’s segment below:

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