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Trump Lashes Out at Twitter Again After His Tweet Calling for Violence Against Minneapolis Protesters Gets Flagged

Trump Lashes Out at Twitter Again After His Tweet Calling for Violence Against Minneapolis Protesters Gets Flagged
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In the summer of 2017, chaos ensued on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. Neo-Nazis and white supremacists marched in the streets, provoking violence and eventually murdering counter-protestor Heather Heyer.

In the aftermath, with Charlottesville smoldering, President Donald Trump assured Americans that some of the people marching with Nazis were "very fine people."

Flash forward three years later.

Police officers murdered George Floyd—an unarmed Black man accused of forgery—by holding him down while one officer kept his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly 10 minutes as Floyd begged for air.

Uprisings ensued in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Police sprayed protestors with mace and rubber bullets. Protestors eventually overpowered them, setting the evacuated third precinct headquarters ablaze and vandalizing multibillion dollar businesses like Target and AutoZone (though unverified evidence indicates the destruction of AutoZone was instigated by a police officer.)

Trump was far more unequivocal in his tweets against people protesting murder than he was in his condemnation of people supporting a genocidal regime.

Trump announced his intention to send the National Guard and expressed willingness to kill United States citizens, tweeting:

"Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!"

The origin of the phrase "When the looting starts, the shooting starts" can be traced back to racist Miami Police Chief Walter Headley in 1968. The term was used again the same year by the infamous pro-segregation Governor of Alabama, George Wallace.

Twitter pointed out that Trump's tweet was glorifying violence, and soon flagged it with this message.

The citation came just days after Twitter issued an embedded fact check to counteract Trump's false claims about mail-in voting. Trump was so livid at being fact checked by Twitter, that he issued an executive order attempting to crack down on social media sites that don't express enough fealty to him.

Twitter's communications staff posted about the decision.

Trump was none too happy with the explanation.

Because Trump's tweet inciting violence can't be retweeted on the site, the official White House account quoted it directly, soon receiving the same citation.

People on Twitter were disgusted at the Trump administration's calls to exacerbate violence, and its apparent call for shooting American protestors.

Between the 100 thousand Americans dead from the pandemic, 41 million new unemployment claims, unrest in the streets, and the White House's retaliation against truth, the picture of Trump's America has never been more calamitous.

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