Unrest ensued across the United States this weekend as protests continued against the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by police.
Some of the most intense uprisings have taken place in Washington, D.C.—particularly in front of the White House, where President Donald Trump threatened to unleash "vicious dogs" on protestors.
In the same Twitter rant, the President accused Democratic D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser of "always looking for money and help" after he praised the Secret Service.
....good practice.” As you saw last night, they were very cool & very professional. Never let it get out of hand. T… https://t.co/9z94YuOVBM— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1590842464.0
It didn't take long for Bowser to respond, criticizing the President for his threats and his failure to lead the nation during some of its most tumultuous times.
My police department will always protect DC and all who are in it whether I agree with them (such as those exercisi… https://t.co/sH8OR4wKhK— Muriel Bowser #StayHomeDC Lite (@Muriel Bowser #StayHomeDC Lite)1590846249.0
In response to the protests, the White House turned off its exterior lights and the President hid in its secure underground bunker—the only known use of the bunker other than the September 11 attacks.
Bowser was right about the President's fear.
mayor of DC calls Trump a coward. fact check: true. https://t.co/4S4NFs9oI5— campskunk (@campskunk)1590850791.0
@realDonaldTrump Take that, you big drama queen https://t.co/dBhhdIMWLF— mikesays (@mikesays)1590850932.0
Exactly. @realDonaldTrump is a scared, small man lashing out as he feels power slip away. The highest office in the… https://t.co/5z105R7U1L— #VoteBlue #YangGang (@#VoteBlue #YangGang)1590939129.0
@realDonaldTrump You are a coward!!! You don't speak out against police brutality because you condone it. You start… https://t.co/haaaWsXzGp— brenda (@brenda)1590847226.0
Trump cowering in the bunker to hide from his own citizens painted a vivid picture.
Trump hiding out in a bunker Friday, and shutting off the lights at the White House Sunday - both over a few hundre… https://t.co/ozbJvjLuZd— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1591022497.0
There is maybe no better metaphor for Trump's weakness than the White House going dark during a national crisis and… https://t.co/8ZrAPujCPf— Jared Yates Sexton (@Jared Yates Sexton)1591020235.0
Quick polling question @realDonaldTrump what’s the approval rating for “Only president in history whose own people… https://t.co/B07aWdjwaL— Bess Kalb (@Bess Kalb)1591020253.0
The President previously said the murder of George Floyd was a "very sad event," but later spent more time and anger erupting at protestors, whom he called "thugs."
Meanwhile, Trump's presumptive Democratic opponent in the 2020 election met with protestors and community leaders in Delaware, and will soon address one of the state's historically Black churches,