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Cole Statement on President Trump’s Response to Lawless Riots

June 1, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following the statement after President Donald Trump spoke from the Rose Garden this evening. 

“As an American, I sympathize with and support constitutionally protected and legitimate demonstrations. Certainly, the horrific death of George Floyd is something that should outrage every American. However, lawless riots that threaten the lives and destroy the property of innocent Americans cannot be tolerated. Such acts dishonor our tradition of lawful dissent and peaceful protest and are a grave disservice to the noble cause of justice and equality.

“When it comes to protecting the lives and property of all Americans, the president is required to take strong and decisive action. That is exactly what President Trump has promised to do tonight. He has my full support in doing so.”