Illinois Governor JB Pritzker: I Don’t Know Any Governor Who’s Going to Call in Federal Troops

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker: I Don’t Know Any Governor Who’s Going to Call in Federal Troops

The Governor of Illinois, JB Pritzker, has said he doesn’t know of any governor who will cal in federal troops to deal with the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd. The Democrat told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that he would not seek federal assistance.

Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist asked Pritzker if he would accept President Donald Trump sending troops into his state.

“No and I would reject that. He does not have the ability to send troops in without being called on by the states to do it,” Pritzker said.

“I don’t know any governor that’s going to call on the federal government, the federal troops to into their state. We don’t need that. We have our National Guard backing up, supporting local law enforcement. We have our state police supporting local law enforcement.”

“This is going to take a couple of days. There’s no doubt about it. But last night, there was a big, beautiful, peaceful protest that took place. Each night there has been, although, again, there have been roving elements of people who are just looking to cause damage.”

“Some of it in a very organized fashion. And we need help from the federal government to put it down.”

Pritzer went on to say that there were no organized political elements involved in violence in Illinois and that he would resist the deployment of federal troops in court if necessary.

Watch the video above, via MSNBC.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor