As protests continued across the nation, many turned violent. Police began firing rubber bullets and unleashing tear gas onto protestors.
In response to the unrest, the President—who spent some of the weekend in a White House bunker—admonished governors for not being rough enough with protestors.
"We're going to clamp down very, very strong. The word is 'dominate.' If you don't dominate your city and your state, they're gonna walk away with you. And we're doing it in Washington, in DC, we're going to do something that people haven't seen before ... But we're going to have total domination."
He continued to encourage the imprisonment of protestors and emphasized a reliance on intimidation tactics.
The Republican governor of Massachusetts—Charlie Baker—got emotional when reflecting on Trump's words.
"At so many times during these past several weeks, when the country needed compassion and leadership the most, it was simply nowhere to be found. Instead, we got bitterness, combativeness, and self-interest. That's not what we need in Boston, it's not what we need right now in Massachusetts, and it's definitely not what we need across this great country of ours either."
On Monday, Trump ordered the military police to unleash tear gas on peaceful protestors in order to clear a path for him to hold a photo opportunity in front of the historic Saint John's Episcopal Church. The bishop of the diocese of Washington has condemned Trump's actions as well.
People sided with the governor.
@therecount The absence of any responsible federal leadership in this moment is just staggering.— MoreSkyPlease (@MoreSkyPlease) 1591043422.0
@therecount Speaking truth from courage right here! Thank you Gov, Baker.— Adam Whelchel (@Adam Whelchel) 1591043606.0
@therecount @Lift_Our_Voice I don't agree with Governor Baker on much, but he's right. We need COMPASSION, not thre… https://t.co/AdNjGbtakX— Solomon Rajput is Done Waiting (@Solomon Rajput is Done Waiting) 1591055768.0
Trump's admonishment of governors angered many.
It’s vital that all governors, mayors, members of Congress, AGs, state legislators, police chiefs and others who be… https://t.co/S6sX5tVrtK— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@Jon Cooper 🇺🇸) 1591054823.0
Trump in 1990 talking to Playboy about why China was right to launch the Tiananmen Square Massacre and why Gorbache… https://t.co/nxtJMF2nCb— Hayes Brown (@Hayes Brown) 1591071483.0
Funny how when covid is killing thousands of people in the state the governors are on their own but as soon as ther… https://t.co/srtgkPCKdl— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt Fed Employee) 1591069111.0