The New Yorker:
Is the United States coming apart? That is the question many people are asking after another night of demonstrations and violence following the horrific death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. In Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York, Dallas, Oakland, and other cities, there were violent clashes between police and protesters, which left at least two people dead, businesses looted, and local politicians combining appeals for calm with expressions of fury. In Washington, D.C., Secret Service agents scuffled with demonstrators outside of the White House, as Donald Trump and other officials were locked down inside.
On Saturday morning, Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz, a Democrat, announced that he was mobilizing the Minnesota National Guard and accepting offers of support from National Guard units in neighboring states. He also said that he had spoken with officials at the Pentagon about dispatching elements of the military to Minneapolis, and the Department of Defense subsequently confirmed that it had ordered U.S. Army units to stand by. Walz claimed that the “wanton destruction and chaos” seen in Minneapolis on Friday night had been perpetrated by highly organized outsiders, including ideological extremists and experts in urban warfare. “Our great cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are under assault by people who do not share our values . . . and certainly are not here to honor George Floyd,” Walz said during a press conference. Appearing alongside Walz, Minneapolis’s mayor, Jacob Frey, who is also a Democrat, echoed the claim that outside agitators were primarily responsible for the violence, saying, “they are coming in largely from outside of the city, from outside of the region, to prey on everything that we have built over the last several decades.”
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