(DCWatchdog.com) – In an explosive new allegation, former President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, claims in a soon-to-be-released book that Trump wanted demonstrators who were protesting the death of George Floyd near the White House in June of 2020 shot.
According to a report in Axios, “Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper charges in a memoir out May 10 that former President Trump said when demonstrators were filling the streets around the White House following the death of George Floyd: ‘Can’t you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?‘” [emphasis added]
Esper, who was eventually fired by Trump immediately following the November 2020 presidential election, says in the book about that specific event with Trump that it “was surreal, sitting in front of the Resolute desk, inside the Oval Office, with this idea weighing heavily in the air, and the president red-faced and complaining loudly about the protests underway in Washington, D.C.”
According to Axios, Esper’s upcoming book was reviewed and vetted “by nearly three dozen 4-star generals, senior civilians, and some Cabinet members.” Some reportedly witnessed what Esper alleges Trump wanted — the George Floyd protesters shot.
Esper is not the only one to say this is what Trump wanted. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender has written that Trump repeatedly demanded that law enforcement officers shoot protesters.
What is your opinion about former Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s allegation that former President Donald Trump wanted demonstrators who were protesting the death of George Floyd near the White House shot? Please email your reaction and thoughts to [email protected]. Do you believe that is what Trump wanted?
SCOOP: Former Defense Sec. Mark Esper charges in an upcoming book that Trump said when demonstrators filled the streets around the White House following the death of George Floyd:
"Can't you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?" https://t.co/46AOSv4SHm
— Axios (@axios) May 2, 2022