President Donald Trump on Monday evening threatened to use the Insurrection Act of 1807 to deploy the U.S. military to the nation\u0026#039;s city streets if unrest over the killing of George Floyd did not calm.\u0022Trump is rejecting the rule of law and proposing military action that is antithetical to basic premises of the American experiment,\u0022 tweeted The Nation\u0026#039;s John Nichols. \u0022He thinks he is playing a political game. This is no game.\u0022The president, who spent part of the weekend hidden in a bunker at the White House as protests raged outside the building, announced during a speech at the Rose Garden\u0026nbsp;Monday that he was preparing to send military troops to cities around the nation.\u0026nbsp;\u0022If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,\u0022 said Trump.The president also announced he was immediately deploying \u0022thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers\u0022 to Washington—the only place in the country the president can legally deploy the army without restriction.As\u0026nbsp;NBC News\u0026nbsp;reported:To activate the military to operate in the U.S., Trump would have to invoke the 213-year-old Insurrection Act, which four people familiar with the decision had told NBC News he planned to do.[...]Trump’s decision on whether to invoke the act, adopted in 1807, to deploy troops has come as\u0026nbsp;his frustrations mount\u0026nbsp;over the protests that have followed the death of\u0026nbsp;Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody last week in Minneapolis. The people familiar with his decision said Trump was angry Sunday night at the destruction some protestors caused in Washington, particularly the vandalization of national monuments.After his speech, Trump walked to\u0026nbsp;St. John\u0026#039;s Church. Police cleared the way for the president to walk to the photo-op with force, using batons, tear gas, and pepper spray against peaceful demonstrators in Lafayette Square on the way to the church.The area outside the White House looks like a warzone right now pic.twitter.com/MgoUnrPh6l— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 1, 2020CNN reports that Trump used tear gas and rubber bullets on peaceful protesters for a photo op, after being upset about media coverage about him being rushed to a bunker. pic.twitter.com/LN0tA51gjA— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) June 2, 2020The national protest movement that erupted after Floyd\u0026#039;s killing by Minneapolis police officers on May 25 has spread across the entire country as long simmering rage over police brutality, racism, and civilian killings have combined with the economic and social crises of the coronavirus pandemic to propel tens and hundreds of thousands of people into the nation\u0026#039;s city streets night after night.I put the videos of police clearing out Lafayette Square and Trump’s photo op side by side. pic.twitter.com/t08Wul5YP7— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) June 2, 2020\u0022Abuse of power and systemic racism are a deadly combination, particularly for people of color and Indigenous Peoples, who are disproportionately criminalized and targeted by weaponized policing around the world—destroying lives, families, and communities, denying people their basic humanity and dignity, and violating their rights,\u0022 the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) said in a statement of solidarity with the protest movement.no words pic.twitter.com/CxKvBmlIgp— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) June 1, 2020As\u0026nbsp;Common Dreams reported, police around the country have constantly attacked protesters, escalating the demonstrations into violence and injuring and arresting hundreds of people. At least two people have died.\u0026nbsp;\u0022People are angry,\u0022 Amnesty International USA End Gun Violence campaign manager Ernest Coverson said in a statement. \u0022People are exhausted.\u0022\u0022They have a right to take to the streets and peacefully protest—everyone has that right,\u0022 Coverson continued. \u0022The rights of the many to take to the streets and demand justice and comprehensive police reform cannot be trampled upon, for any reason.\u0022The White House has been a regular target of Washington protesters, who have gathered at or near it nightly, at times destroying or damaging property around the building.The president\u0026#039;s response to the protest movement has focused primarily on supporting the police. While Trump has mentioned George Floyd and expressed rare sympathy for a black victim of police abuse, the main focus of the president\u0026#039;s remarks over the past week have been on supporting law enforcement as officers beat, pepper spray, and launch tear gas at demonstrators.\u0026nbsp;\u0022Sending in the military to respond to a peaceful revolution has been the only action this administration has taken,\u0022 said Coverson.