GOP governor rejects use of military to quell protests: 'Texans can take care of Texas'

GOP governor rejects use of military to quell protests: 'Texans can take care of Texas'
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Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottBiden administration announces federal support for patients, abortion providers in Texas California dreaming did not become reality for Republicans Judge schedules Oct. 1 hearing on DOJ request to halt Texas abortion law MORE (R) signaled that he won't seek federal military assistance from President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE as demonstrations sparked by the police killing of George Floyd continue in the state and across the country.

“We will not be asking the United States military to come into the state of Texas because we know the Texans can take care of Texas,” Abbott said at a news conference Tuesday.

On Monday, Trump told the nation's governors on a conference call to "dominate" protesters, encouraging them to mobilize their National Guard. Many states, including Texas, had already mobilized their National Guards over the weekend to help aid local law enforcement contain demonstrations.


Trump also said that he would deploy military personnel to states if states weren't able to curb protests, a comment that received bipartisan pushback. For Trump to do that, he would have to invoke the Insurrection Act. Passed in 1807, the law gives the president the ability to deploy American troops on U.S. soil. It was last used in 1992 during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles.

"I don't think militarization is the answer to the anxiety and fear, the distrust ... that we feel right now. It is not the response," Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiEmboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration Republican leaders misjudged Jan. 6 committee MORE (R-Alaska) said.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Trump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses Lindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees MORE (R-S.C.), one of Trump's closest congressional allies, said that Insurrection Act should be a "last resort."