Illinois Governor says Trump can’t send military to his state without permission

Illinois Governor says Trump can’t send military to his state without permission
Michigan National Guard cordons off a street in Grand Rapids, 1 Jun 2020. MLive video, YouTube

[Ed. – Apparently he’s never heard of the the Insurrection Act of 1807, which, if invoked, would give the president unilateral authority to put down insurrection and invasion.]

Democratic governors of some of the nation’s most populous states on Monday pushed back against President Donald Trump’s threat to deploy the U.S. military unless they dispatch National Guard units to “dominate the streets” in reaction to the violence that has erupted across the country.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he doesn’t believe the federal government can send military troops into his state. He accused the president of creating an “incendiary moment” by threatening to do just that to quell violence that has arisen as demonstrators have taken to the streets in reaction to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“I reject the notion that the federal government can send troops into the state of Illinois,” Pritzker said on CNN after Trump urged governors to deploy the Guard. If they did not, he said he would send in “thousands and thousands” of soldiers.

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