On Saturday night, not long after the curfew starts at 8 pm. in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Trump issued a tweet, saying the National Guards “had been released in Minneapolis” to do work that the “Democratic Mayor” could not do.
“It should have been used 2 days ago and there would be no damage & Police Headquarters would not be taken over & destroyed,” he wrote.
He ended the tweet by saying “good work” for the National Guard, and “no game!”
The National Guard has been freed in Minneapolis to do work that the Democratic Mayor cannot do. It should have been used 2 days ago & there would be no damage & Police Headquarters will not be taken over & destroyed. Good work by the National Guard. There is no game!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
Trump was previously criticized for using the term “when looting began, shootings began” in connection with riots and riots after George Floyd’s death. Twitter quickly marked the tweet as breaking the rules against “glorifying violence.”
Trump later said his comments were misinterpreted.
“To be honest that means when there is looting, people get shot and they die,” he said.
Trump’s explanation did not satisfy hundreds of protesters who gathered outside the White House until Saturday morning, shouting “There is no justice, no peace” and lewd songs directed at the president.
Trump’s Whiplash comments came after protesters set fire to a Minneapolis police station on Thursday night, after three days of demonstrations which burned down the death of George Floyd, who was captured in a video requesting air when a white policeman knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.
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