CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — Gov. Steve Sisolak responded to President Donald Trump’s comments regarding the use of national guard troops across the nation and the Insurrection Act.
Trump’s comments came in response to protests over the death of George Floyd that had become violent in many cities. The president urged governors to deploy the national guard to “dominate the streets” until the violence stops. He also asked mayors and governors to establish an “overwhelming law enforcement presence.”
“If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United military and quickly solve the problem for them,” said Trump.
“The President’s statement today demands that I speak out. I have already denounced violence and destruction of property. I do so again here. But I also want to acknowledge the peaceful protesters whose voices reflect the degree to which many Americans are justifiably frustrated and angry at the senseless murder of George Floyd, the improper use of force, systemic racism, and the rampant injustices Black Americans face. At this critical time, all Americans, especially our leaders, should be sending a message of compassion and taking the time to listen. Unfortunately, the President has once again taken the path of inciting combativeness, stoking racial tensions, and creating division when we need unity more than ever.
When it comes to the role of the Nevada National Guard, I want to be clear to all Nevadans: The Guard are our neighbors, family members, and friends. They help in our time of need – from responding to wildfires, to most recently playing a critical role in our statewide response to the COVID-19 public health crisis by administering, collecting, and processing COVID-19 tests at the significant risk of their own personal health. Similarly, in recent days and at the request of local leaders, two Guard units have been activated and are currently on standby to assist in preserving public safety as well as the ability of individuals to exercise their rights to peacefully demonstrate.
To suggest that the authorities in Nevada, local law enforcement, the National Guard, are unable, have failed, or refuse to secure and protect the residents of the State of Nevada and their rights, privileges, and immunities, is misinformed. As the Commander In Chief of the Nevada National Guard I can state, categorically, that they have done their duty to protect all Nevadans, and will continue to do so.”