President Trump wanted to use the Act against protestors in Washington DC….And elsewhere during June 2020….His aides continually talked him out of using active duty American solider’s against unarmed protestors instead of letting local and state police do their jobs….
One could get the impression that an American President wanted to ‘tale over’ the places where protest where occurring….Things went bad enough when Federal law enforcement people where sent to some places to ‘protect; Federal property….But ended up fight people in the street far away from where they where supposed to be….
The same thoughts never entered his mind on Jan.6 in relation to0 the US capitol being overrun by Rightwingnuts….
In that case ?
The President of the United States seemed to be on the side of those trying to stop the American Congress from certifying a new President…
Responding to interest from President Donald J. Trump, White House aides drafted a proclamation last year to invoke the Insurrection Act in case Mr. Trump moved to take the extraordinary step of deploying active-duty troops in Washington to quell the protests that followed the killing of George Floyd, two senior Trump administration officials said.
The aides drafted the proclamation on June 1, 2020, during a heated debate inside the administration over how to respond to the protests. Mr. Trump, enraged by the demonstrations, had told the attorney general, William P. Barr, the defense secretary, Mark T. Esper, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, that he wanted thousands of active-duty troops on the streets of the nation’s capital, one of the officials said.
Mr. Trump was talked out of the plan by the three officials. But a separate group of White House staff members wanted to leave open the option for Mr. Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act to call in the military.
They decided it would be prudent to have the necessary document vetted and ready in case the unrest in Washington worsened or the city’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, declined to impose measures like a citywide curfew, which she ultimately put in place….
Despite being persuaded not to invoke the act, Mr. Trump continued to raise the idea of deploying active-duty military in the weeks that followed, as unrest unfolded in major cities including New York, Chicago, and Portland, Ore., the officials said….
In the Oval Office on the morning of June 1, Mr. Trump was furious about the televised images he had seen of the unrest in Washington and elsewhere.
For about 20 minutes, according to the former officials, Mr. Trump went on about how to contain the protests. General Milley and Mr. Esper appeared particularly stunned by the eruption, according to one of the officials.
During his time in office, Mr. Trump had a broad view of his powers as president, claiming that he could take an array of aggressive actions using federal authorities and military personnel to handle problems typically left to local authorities….