Is Donald Trump instituting martial law in the United States by deploying paramilitaries to cities across the country? Martial law is when normal civil functions and civil law are replaced by military control. Often martial law includes any or all of the following: the military in the streets working as local law enforcement, curfews, the suspension of habeas corpus and normal due process, military law and justice being applied to civilians. Certainly we are seeing some of these tactics but not all of them. We’re also not seeing them to the degree present in military dictatorships around the world.
So do we have literal martial law today in the United States? No, we don't. But Trump has been moving slowly in that direction and now we are seeing a dramatic escalation. We have to keep this in check and vote Trump out in November. He will continue to make unrest by left-wing protesters seem like an urgent issue all while ignoring the real issues the country is facing today. Trump has failed on the coronavirus response, he failed on the George Floyd protests, and now he is taking desperate action by making everyone scared.
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