A display of support for the Black anguish that has manifested in uprisings throughout the nation in response to the killing of George Floyd was never anticipated from the president — but neither was a threat. 

In the very early hours of Friday, Trump suggested looters will be shot by police and the National Guard in a tweet that has since been flagged for violating Twitter rules and glorifying violence.

“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” he wrote. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”

Although the tweet has been flagged, it has been left up on the platform, as Twitter believes “it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."

Many people are now upset that 45 has not denounced the violence toward Black people by officers but will encourage the killing of American people for expressing their anger.

Some have also pointed out his starkly different responses to protests calling for justice for Floyd and protests by white people to open the country back up during the coronavirus pandemic.

"I feel very, very badly [about Floyd’s death]," the 73-year-old said on Thursday, according to CBS News. "That's a very shocking sight."

According to The Washington Post, the statement “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” can be traced back to 1967 when then Miami Police Chief Walter Headley said those exact words during a time in which the South Florida city was experiencing aggressive policing.

In addition to calling for the harm against his own citizens, the president also condemned Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey for his handling of the protests, asking him to “get his act together and bring the City under control.”

Frey was unaware of the tweets at a nighttime news conference and shook his head when reporters read him Trump’s comments.

"Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis,” Frey said in response. “Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell. Is this a difficult time period? Yes. But you'd better be damned sure that we're gonna get through this."