President Donald Trump’s early Saturday tweetstorm took an oddly aggressive position, as the nation’s cities continued to erupt in protest over the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd earlier this week while in police custody.
Late on Friday, Trump was still trying to deal with the fallout of his Thursday tweet that “looting leads to shooting,” which sparked more outrage and escalated passions. Trump tried to walk back its impact on Friday, saying that “It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement. It’s very simple, nobody should have any problem with this other than the haters, and those looking to cause trouble on social media. Honor the memory of George Floyd!”
However, protests outside the White House on Friday night seemed to indicate that people were not buying that explanation. Trump praised the Secret Service for its handling of the protests, and alluded to the awful fate awaiting any protester who made it past the White House barriers, citing “vicious dogs,” among other defenses.
He also called out Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser for not assisting the White House in quelling the protests, which he blamed today on “ANTIFA and the Radical Left.”
We’ll post more communications as they roll in. The tweetstorm so far: