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'Exactly what President Trump wants': Democratic governors are shunning Trump's calls to 'dominate' protests using military forces

'Exactly what President Trump wants': Democratic governors are shunning Trump's calls to 'dominate' protests using military forces
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Democratic governors widely shunned President Donald Trump's request to "dominate" the protests across the country by using National Guard troops.




"Society that's about dominance and agression, this is what you get," Gov. Gavin Newsom of California said. "Not because of the protesters, but the conditions that led to this moment where protests was inevitable."




Some states like Oregon have been reluctant to activate their National Guard forces.




Gov. Kate Brown activated 50 Oregon National Guardsmen as a "support function only" service to law enforcement operations "behind the scenes."




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Democratic governors widely attempted to cool the president's fiery rhetoric following a contentious conference call earlier on Monday, in which Donald Trump advised the state leaders to "dominate" the ongoing protests after the killing of George Floyd.
On Monday morning, Trump held a phone call with governors as riots erupted throughout the country. Protests demanding justice for Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who was initially arrested on suspicion of passing counterfeit currency, and riots took off shortly after his death earlier last week.
During the call, which was obtained by several news outlets, Trump said the governors would look like "fools" if they failed to restore order.
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