Twitter Flagged Donald Trump & the Official White House Account for “Glorifying Violence” & That’s Probably the Most We Can Ever Expect
Late Thursday night, Donald Trump was on Twitter railing against the ongoing protests in Minneapolis. In a set of tweets, he called the protesters “THUGS,” called the city’s mayor “weak,” and threatened to send in the National Guard. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he wrote.
Twitter took action against Trump’s tweets for the second time this week (also ever), flagging it as having “violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.” However, they left the tweet up, saying “it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.” So essentially, this is the equivalent of writing the tweet a sternly worded letter.
— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) May 29, 2020
Earlier Thursday, Trump did something he doesn’t do very often, especially when it comes to Black people: He expressed empathy.
“I feel very, very badly,” he said of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, calling it “a very shocking sight.” His press secretary said that he “was very upset when he saw that video [of Floyd’s death.]”
Just a few hours later, though, he was back tweeting his racist, violent messages and retweeting them on the official White House account.
So @Twitter flagged Trump’s deranged tweet for glorfying violence and now the official White House twitter account just echos it.
Straight sociopaths are in power. pic.twitter.com/7eQQGTzfOU
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) May 29, 2020
The official White House account is tweeting this??? https://t.co/YHoZDskecy
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 29, 2020
(That line about looting and shooting, by the way, is a quote from Miami Police Chief Walter Headley, who, in the 1960s, frequently defended and even promoted the use of police brutality in Black neighborhoods. It’s also often attributed to Alabama’s infamously racist former governor George Wallace. I’m going to guess Stephen Miller is behind Trump’s usage.)
Real fuckin hard to go back to sleep when you wake up for water and the president is just casually tweeting about National Guard potentially shooting people that look like you
— Ryan Brooks (@ryanbrooks) May 29, 2020
Trump continued tweeting Friday, writing that the National Guard is in Minneapolis and that they are going to guarantee that “George Floyd will not have died in vain,” which makes absolutely no sense.
What cause does he believe George Floyd died for and how does it connect to the National Guard? https://t.co/mUy5OlYTU6
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) May 29, 2020
All of this comes just barely a week after Trump offered encouragement to the overwhelmingly white and also heavily armed “protesters” who stormed the Michigan statehouse over lockdown orders. He called them “very good people.” He’s calling Black protesters “thugs.”
I’ll just leave these here for you to compare. pic.twitter.com/WsTTNhdDVx
— Abdullah Hammoud (@AHammoudMI) May 29, 2020
When the protesters are white vs when the protesters are black pic.twitter.com/sZ0NLiaq0S
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 29, 2020
(image: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
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