Leslie Marshall -6/2/- Trump Threatens Insurrection Act; Georgia Senate Candidate Talks George Floyd


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Leslie is first joined by Professor Joshua Geltzer, who serves as the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, as well as Visiting Professor of Law, at Georgetown University Law Center. He is also an International Security Program Fellow at New America and an Executive Editor at Just Security. Geltzer served from 2015 to 2017 as Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council staff. He also served as a law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court. Leslie and Professor Geltzer analyze President Trump's threat to invoke the Insurrection Act, a centuries-old law that gives the president the authority to send the U.S. military into America cities and towns to quash domestic unrest. This came on the same day that Trump had berated Governors for being "weak" and demanded that they fully utilize the National Guard to "dominate" the streets amid civilian unrest. You can follow Professor Geltzer on Twitter where his handle is @jgeltzer. Leslie is then joined by Sarah Riggs Amico, a labor-backed progressive businesswoman and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia, running for the seat currently held by David Perdue. A Harvard MBA and 17-year business leader, she served most recently as Executive Chair of her family’s trucking company. Sarah is the only candidate in the race to have the backing of labor, with endorsements from five labor unions. In 2018, she was the Democratic nominee for Lt Governor, running with Stacey Abrams in one of the most closely-watched elections in the country. Sarah tells Leslie and the audience why she is calling for "deep systemic change" in regard to law enforcement's policing of minorities, as well as justice for George Floyd. Sarah and Leslie also discuss her condemnation of President Trump's federally-directed assault on peaceful protesters outside of the White House so that the president could take a staged photo at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Sarah released a statement on Trump's decision, saying, "there is nothing holy about tear-gassing peaceful protestors so the president can do a Bible-waving photo op at a house of worship. Sarah and her husband live with their two young daughters in Marietta, GA. Her website is SarahForGeorgia.com and her Twitter handle is @SarahRiggsAmico. The Democratic primary election in Georgia takes place on Tuesday, June 9th.

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