President Trump cites Dallas attack in call for governors to crack down on protests, leaves out victim had a machete

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President Donald Trump answers questions during the daily briefing of the coronavirus task force in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 27, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

DALLAS (AP) — President Donald Trump cited Dallas protesters beating a man this weekend as he demanded governors get tougher in cracking down on burning and stealing among some demonstrations.

But the president’s comment left out what police suggest sparked the incident to which he seemed to be referring. Police say the man was swinging a machete at protesters. During a Monday video conference call with governors Trump seemed to refer to graphic videos of a man being beaten in Dallas Saturday that circulated widely on social media.

Police say witnesses told them the man was beaten after “wielding a large knife/machete at several protesters,”

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