Rubio Warns That Some Rioters Want ‘Second Civil War’
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Sunday that some rioters sparking unrest over the death of George Floyd in police custody want a “Second Civil War” in the country, according to a report.
The senator, who is the interim chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, identified some of the rioters as “violent, domestic extremists and they range from Antifa groups who are radical to the left to some other groups, radical to the right. In fact, groups that I would argue don’t even belong on the political spectrum as we know it.”
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“And their goal, while they are ideologically opposed to each other..they hate the police, they hate the government, and they want this country to fall apart…some of them want a Second Civil War,” he said, according to FloridaPolitics.com.
Trish Regan, the former Fox Business anchor, took to Twitter Tuesday and posted that she had warned about a “virtual civil war” brewing in the county.
“Consider what we now face,” she posted. “There is nothing “peaceful” about attacking police & looting. Bad actors are trying to destroy our freedoms and out peace. America WILL stay strong.”
Rubio has acknowledged that there are bad actors on both the right and left, but has posted about the increasing violence in the name of Floyd’s death.
“What you are watching right now in front of the @WhiteHouse is not about Mr. Floyd or racial injustice. It’s a calculated attack against the most famous symbol of American government by violent & radical anti-government extremists who are taking advantage of the protests,” Rubio posted.
He tweeted that “loosely organized groups who hate the police” want another Civil War. He said they are described as “far-right,” but they are “really anti-govt/anti American insurrectionists.”
President Trump on Monday said that he would use the military if the protests across the country fail to calm.
“We are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country,” he said. “We will end it now.”
The New York Times reported that Trump would have to use the 1807 Insurrection Act, which the paper said would allow the president to use the military for domestic law enforcement. The paper said the last time the law was used was in in 1992 during the Rodney King riots.