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!”