SACRAMENTO (AP) — Democratic governors of some of the nation's most populous states on Monday pushed back against President Donald Trump's threat to deploy the U.S. military unless they dispatch National Guard units to "dominate the streets" in reaction to the violence that has erupted across the country.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he doesn't believe the federal government can send military troops into his state. He accused the president of creating an "incendiary moment" by threatening to do just that to quell violence that has arisen as demonstrators have taken to the streets in reaction to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
"I reject the notion that the federal government can send troops into the state of Illinois," Pritzker said o