After an audio file of President Donald Trump‘s remarks on protestors was leaked to reporters, several governors, both Republican and Democratic, criticized the President for calling their response “weak.” One of them, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) described the administration response as “a miserable failure.”

In an interview with CNN, Pritzker attacked Trump’s response to protestors in front of the White House, whom he ordered to disperse with rubber bullets, flash bangs and tear gas.

“The fact is that the President has created an incendiary moment here,” he said during the interview.

“He wants to change the subject from his failure over coronavirus, a miserable failure. And now seeing a moment when there’s unrest because of the injustice that was done to George Floyd that he now wants to create another topic and something where he can be the law and order president. He’s been a miserable failure,” Pritzker claimed.


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After the dispersal of peaceful protesters in Washington D.C., Trump declared himself “President of Law and Order.” He then visit St. John Episcopal Church for a photo-op in which he brandished a copy of the Bible.

Pritzker confronted Trump for his aggressive rhetoric, claiming that it would not benefit the country, but rather widen the divide. “Rhetoric coming out of the White House is making it worse, people are experiencing real pain,” he said. “We’ve got to have national leadership calling for calm and legitimate concern for protestors.”

Afterwards, the governor called out Trump on his distortion of reality. “It’s clear that he doesn’t listen to anyone that tells him the truth,” he said. “I did tell him the truth. You know, this rhetoric, this inflammatory rhetoric is bad for the country. You know, when we had the riots in Ferguson, President Obama started to bring the temperature down. He talked about calling for calm. When, you know, when Martin Luther King was killed, Robert Kennedy stood up and talked about seeking justice, you know, and bringing the tension down within the country.”

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