What happens if Trump declares martial law?

What happens if Trump declares martial law?
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June 2, 2020 – Avoidthemark.com

7:10 pm CST

President Donald Trump hasn’t declared martial law, but today he foreshadowed it could be coming.

America has been burning since the George Floyd conspiracy, with protests erupting across the country.

Trump said if the states couldn’t bring about law and order then he would: with the military.

Those comments, in Trump’s six-minute address, were interpreted by some as the president declaring martial law.

But that’s not in fact the case.

So let’s look at what martial law is and what America would look like if Trump declared it.

Is martial law coming?

Speaking from the Rose Garden, Trump said that if governors did not act to his liking, he would call up the military.

“If the city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residence, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” he said.

“As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property.”

If escalated, Trump’s threat would see him invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807.

What is the Insurrection Act?

The act gives the president the power to send military members to the streets of cities during protests. It was signed into law by Thomas Jefferson.

The Insurrection Act contains several sections, but the first two are the most relevant.

The first involves federal “aid” for state governments. It states at the request of a governor (or a state legislature if the governor is unavailable), the president can send “land or naval forces of the U.S.” … “to suppress [an] insurrection” or rebellion.

The next section states the president may deploy a militia comprised mainly of the national guard (but also other military soldiers) in the events of “unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States.”

Remember Trump talking about “thousands and thousands of heavily-armed soldiers” being deployed right now?

Has the Insurrection Act ever been used?

It hasn’t been invoked since 1992 during the riots in Los Angeles that followed the acquittal of police officers in the beating of Rodney King.

Now-Attorney General William Barr was actually Attorney General back then, too, under former President George H.W. Bush.

Congress amended the law after Hurricane Katrina in 2006 to give more clarity about its use during natural disasters, but dropped some of those changes a year later after objections by state governors who did not want to cede their authority.

There are examples of presidents using troops over the objections of governors, such as Dwight Eisenhower – and later John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson – during the Civil Rights era.

Eisenhower invoked the Insurrection Act when he federalized the Arkansas National Guard and then sent the 101st Airborne Division into Little Rock to integrate the schools.

What happens under martial law?

Under martial law, there would typically be curfews and the suspension of civil law and civil rights.

Civilians defying martial law could be subjected to military tribunal, also known as a court-martial.

Parts of the suspension of the Constitution can be removed, probably starting with the first and second amendment (The first guarantees freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, and right to petition. The second is the right to bear arms).

There would likely be heavy travel restrictions, including road closures and quarantine zones.

Search and seizures could also be carried out without a warrant.


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2 thoughts on “What happens if Trump declares martial law?

    1. And this reply above by Teresa is why most people will end up taking the mark of the beast! By blindly supporting a politician 100%, and not questioning his actions or making him accountable to upholding our constitution and civil liberties, you might as well hang a noose around your neck, because the outcome for you will not end good. This ridiculous statement shows how easy it is for the masses to be brainwashed into following a new anti-American global communist government. So, if Trump violates our God-given constitution we should all pat him on the back and support his anti-American decision, even if it means accepting the military onto our doorsteps to enforce his mandatory vaccinations (yes, Trump just signed an order a few weeks ago mobilizing the military to enforce the vaccinations next year). And, let me get this straight, it is wrong for the left Democrats and liberals to violate our civil liberties, but when Trump does it, that is okay? Not for me! I put my trust in God and truth and freedom, and any man or politician who claims he is a conservative and yet compromises this nation’s foundation and supreme law of the land is not going to be patted on the back by me, or my family. We should never trust any president or politician who undermines our freedoms and laws, and Trump is frequently do this. It is very obvious and clear that he is working alongside the global elite to restructure America and our way of life. And those who cannot see this, and choose instead to worship a man rather than protecting the freedoms they now live under, will deserve to lose their freedoms. And those people who blindly put their trust 100% in a president or governor or mayor, without making sure that politician remains accountable to upholding our nation’s laws, is going to readily embrace the new tyrannical government. Americans need to stand together for our constitution and civil liberties, NO MATTER WHAT, and question and pushback any president or politician who undermines these laws. A true patriot and American will NEVER make choices that go against the supreme law of this land. Mobilizing the military to enforce vaccinations on the population, “rapidly,” as Trump stated, are abominable actions, and should not be okay for any American! We need to stop worshipping man, and put our worship where it is due–to God who gave us our freedoms! Americans need to get on their knees and repent for closing their eyes to sin and sinful leaders, because dark times are coming if we do not.

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