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TN Politics: No Precedent for National Protests, or Presidential Response to Them

From the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, to the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., to the Rodney King beating, American presidents have frequently addressed pivotal events in the civil rights movement with calming if not entirely conciliatory words. 

President Donald Trump has once again put his unique, authoritarian stamp on the office, threatening this week to call in the U.S. armed forces to "dominate" protesters, which even some Republicans and military leaders believe could violate the Constitution.  Political analyst Otis Sanford says Trump's response, compared to his predecessors is like "night and day."

Locally, Sanford believes Memphis leaders are right to sit down with protest leaders and discuss how to move forward. 

Reporting from the gates of Graceland to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Christopher has covered Memphis news, arts, culture and politics for more than 20 years in print and on the radio. He is currently WKNO's News Director and Senior Producer at the University of Memphis' Institute for Public Service Reporting. Join his conversations about the Memphis arts scene on the WKNO Culture Desk Facebook page.