Kayleigh McEnany Blasts Antifa: An Oval Office Address Won't Stop Them, Action Will
White House press secretary slams far-left group
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that an address by President Donald Trump would not stop far-left group Antifa, but action would.
As violent protests across the country continue, McEnany addressed questions on whether the President would deliver an Oval Office address to urge calm as unrest intensifies in the week following the death of George Floyd.
"He has addressed the absolutely horrific video of George Floyd," McEnany said.
"He's routinely addressed ... the issue of law and order in our streets," she added.
"He's issued several statements. ... A national Oval Office address is not going to stop Antifa," she stated.
"What’s going to stop Antifa is action, and this president has committed to acting on this," McEnany concluded.
On Sunday, McEnany tweeted that the "FALSELY" reported that Trump has been "'silent'" on Floyd's death.
Trump had addressed the death multiple times, calling it a "tragedy."
The President described the rioting protesters as "organized groups" that have nothing to do with mourning the death of George Floyd.
"These are 'Organized Groups' that have nothing to do with George Floyd," Trump tweeted Saturday morning. "Sad!"
These are “Organized Groups” that have nothing to do with George Floyd. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2020
On Sunday, Trump officially declared that the violent far-left movement known as Antifa is now designated as a terrorist group by the US Government.
"The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization," President Trump tweeted.
The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
McEnany added that Trump would speak with governors and hold various meetings on how to combat the unrest in the country.
"This president has been very clear that we need law and order in this country," McEnany said.
"He’s taken extraordinary action talking about activating the National Guard, as we saw happen in Minnesota, criminalizing interstate travel that is geared towards inciting violence, making sure that those individuals are prosecuted, labeling Antifa as a domestic terrorist entity that will be prosecuted as such."
Floyd died on May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer pushed his knee on Floyd's neck to restrain him.
The officer, identified as Derek Chauvin, who has since been fired, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter last week.