'When The Looting Starts, The Shooting Starts' Is What The U.S. President Just Said In Response To Black Anguish
The National Guard has been dispatched to Minneapolis, and Trump implied they are authorized to shoot looters.
May 29, 2020 at 3:28 pm
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!”
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020