In response to President Trump threatening to invoke the 1807 law to mobilize the military around the country, Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker said Monday that he rejects "that the federal government can send troops into the state of Illinois."
"The fact is that the President has created an incendiary moment here," Pritzker told CNN's Erin Burnett. "He wants to change the subject from his failure over coronavirus, a miserable failure and now seeing a moment when there's unrest because of the injustice that was done to George Floyd that he now wants to create another topic and something where he can be the law and order president."
Trump declared himself "your president of law and order" during remarks as peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates were dispersed with tear gas and flash bangs.
The Illinois governor added that Trump's approach to dealing with protesters outside the White House was wrong.
"Peaceful protesters have a right to be there," Pritzker said. "I saw what happened. I was watching CNN when all of a sudden the troops move forward, and then they started pushing the protesters, throwing tear gas canisters. This is not the way we behave in the United States. Our law enforcement are out there on streets trying to protect people. They're not at least here in Chicago, we're not in the business of trying to put down peaceful protests."