Trump Says: ‘No Tolerance For Anarchy And No Tolerance For Violence. Anyone Who Breaks The Law Should Be Arrested, Prosecuted, And Punished.’

President Trump defended the right of Americans to defend themselves and their property — a once widely appreciated and constitutionally-protected right that is now somewhat controversial in the wake of racial protests — after 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Responding to a question about the Rittenhouse situation, President Trump said he was “trying to get away from them.”

“And he fell and then they very violently attacked him. And it was something that we’re looking at right now, and it’s under investigation, but I guess he was in very big trouble. He probably would have been killed. It’s under investigation,” he said.

Trump then advocated for law enforcement officials to “take care of everything” but defended Americans’ rights to protect themselves should law enforcement officials “not be allowed” to do so.

“I’d like to see law enforcement take care of everything. I think everything should be taken care of, law enforcement. But again, we have to give our cops back, our police back, their dignity, their respect,” Trump continued. “They’re very talented people, they’re strong they’re tough they can do the job, but we’ve taken it away. We don’t want to have, when somebody makes a mistake, he chokes. Or in some cases you have bad cops, we have to take care of that. In other cases, they choke. They’re under, they have a quarter of a second. A quarter of a second to make a decision.”

“Trump could not have been more clear in his press conference on Monday that he wants police to handle all of law enforcement. Every sane person does. But it is just as clear that many Democratic mayors and governors are refusing to allow police to do so,” The Federalist’s David Marcus wrote in a report covering the press briefing.

“In some cases, this is because local law enforcement is overwhelmed, but in too many such cases Democratic mayors playing politics refuse the help of federal law enforcement,” Marcus also said. “Thankfully, in Kenosha, the National Guard went in and quelled the violence, but in Portland help has not only been rejected, but derided, and the violence persists.”

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Demands for Trump to condemn such actions follow the alleged killing of two protesters by a 17-year-old in Kenosha last week. He had traveled from a nearby town to assist other armed men in defending local businesses.

Now let’s be clear: that teenager should not have been there. He should have been at a movie with his friends, not “playing cop” in a violent riot zone. But that doesn’t change the basic fact that Americans have the right to use guns to protect their property and property in their communities, especially if the police are not allowed or otherwise unable to do so.