Friday, 10 July, 2020


Trump walks back his incendiary Minneapolis 'thugs' post

Donald Trump Donald Trump
Hannah Rogers | 30 May, 2020, 21:23

The singer criticised Mr Trump for his response to violent protests in Minneapolis over an incident where a black man died while being arrested.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the military had ordered some active-duty Army military police officers to be prepared to deploy if local authorities requested their help.

A Twitter spokeswoman said CEO Jack Dorsey had been informed of the decision to hide Trump's tweet before the label was applied. "Honor the memory of George Floyd!" the president added.

Twitter flagged a post by Trump early Friday related to the violent George Floyd protests across the country.

"In a following tweet he said, ".These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen.

"If you haven't already joined the work to replace him in November, start now", she said.

"Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts", he said. "However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible", the disclaimer reads. But some activists doubt that Trump has suddenly evolved on the issue of police brutality and instead see election year political calculations.

The Trump campaign accused Twitter, the media and Democrats of trying to divide Americans by "purposefully misrepresenting" Trump's words.

"It seems like they're carrying out a vendetta against the president", Republican Representative Steve Scalise said on Fox News Friday.

Trump's repeated condemnation of the killing and outreach to the man's family was a marked change in tone from his earlier comments that also invoked a civil-rights-era phrase fraught with racist overtones.

"I can't breathe, man", Floyd says in the new video.

Protests over his death and other killings like it have spread to cities including Los Angeles and Denver, with a protest expected in NY on Friday. And in one speech he appeared to advocate rougher treatment of people in custody, speaking dismissively of the police practice of shielding the heads of handcuffed suspects as they are being placed in patrol cars.

Trump's re-election campaign has identified Minnesota as a state he could win in 2020 after narrowly losing it in 2016.

However, lashing out at Twitter, the White House said, "The President did not glorify violence".

Four police officers involved in Floyd's death have been fired and the FBI is investigating.

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