Trump Tweet On Minneapolis Riots Flagged By Twitter As Promoting Violence
The death of unarmed African American man, George Floyd, at the hands of police has sparked worldwide outrage, causing violent protests both in Minnesota and across the country.
After the four police officers involved in his death were fired, Floyd’s family asked that they be charged with murder. In the leaked video, the Minnesota man is shown gasping while a police officer stifles his throat with his knee.
President Donald Trump tweeted about the upheaval in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after looters started damaging the city’s buildings in protest. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he said on his Twitter account, before the social media platform flagged his post for violating its rules by promoting violence.
The National Guard has arrived on the scene. They are in Minneapolis and fully prepared. George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
Trump also criticized the violent nature of the protests in another tweet, where he warned about the National Guard’s arrival in St. Paul and Minneapolis, the epicenters of the protest.
Last Thursday, protesters also broke into Ohio Statehouse, thus damaging its windows, light fixtures, and doors, the Ohio Department of Public Security declared in a statement.
While most protestors from Columbus had simply gathered in solidarity, a few used ter spray to fight against police and threw eggs on local monuments and buildings.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther incited citizens to remain calm and only protest peacefully in a series of tweets.
I respect peaceful protests and ask residents to remain peaceful in their actions tonight and every night.
— Mayor Andrew Ginther (@MayorGinther) May 29, 2020
First Lady Melania Trump also used Twitter to call for unity, non-violent protests, then offering her condolences to Floyd’s family.
Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence. I’ve seen our citizens unify & take care of one another through COVID19 & we can’t stop now. My deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd. As a nation, let's focus on peace, prayers & healing.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 29, 2020