Trump Clarifies “Looting” Tweet Flagged by Twitter

“I DON’T WANT THIS TO HAPPEN”

by Sharon Rondeau

(May 29, 2020) — At 2:20 PM EDT, President Donald Trump issued a clarification to an early-morning tweet which Twitter identified as being in violation of its policy against “glorifying violence.”

The tweet was not entirely removed, but rather, obscured, providing the user the choice to open and read it or simply see Twitter’s warning.  In it, Trump wrote:

….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!

Trump was referring to the violence in Minneapolis following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd after a police officer held his knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on the back of Floyd’s neck as he lay face down, handcuffed.  Floyd was black and the officer, Derek Chauvin, white.

Chauvin and three other officers present at the scene were fired.  Approximately two hours prior to press time, Chauvin was reportedly taken into custody and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd’s death set off protests which spiraled into looting, setting fires to Ward 3 businesses, housing, and a police precinct and extending to the “Twin City” of St. Paul.

On Wednesday, CBS Minnesota reported, “Starting at about 6 p.m., police began firing chemical irritant and firing rubber bullets at the precinct, located near the intersection of Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue, as video on social media shows some protesters once again began breaking the precinct’s windows.”

As of Thursday, one person was killed during the rioting.  On Friday, CBS Minnesota reported that Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey asked Gov. Tim Walz to activate the state National Guard to assist.

Twitter’s flagging of Trump’s tweet came the day after Trump signed an executive order with the intent of curbing what he says is “censorship” on the part of social-media platforms against “conservatives.”

The order directs the U.S. Justice Department to conduct a review of Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act as it relates to online content providers’ exemption from legal liability for information users might post and whether or not the providers are censoring speech based on “viewpoint.”

Expounding on the flagged remarks, Trump tweeted:

Looting leads to shooting, and that’s why a man was shot and killed in Minneapolis on Wednesday night – or look at what just happened in Louisville with 7 people shot. I don’t want this to happen, and that’s what the expression put out last night means……..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!

Trump’s reference to “Louisville” is to violence which erupted at a protest Thursday night over the death in March of a 26-year-old black EMS technician, Breonna Taylor, “as part of a narcotics investigation.”

A bit earlier on Friday, Trump wrote, “REVOKE 230!” and an hour before that, he reported the National Guard’s presence in Minneapolis.  “George Floyd will not have died in vain.  Respect his memory!!!” Trump added.

 

3 Responses to "Trump Clarifies “Looting” Tweet Flagged by Twitter"

  1. Hawaii H2O   Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 7:52 PM

    I think that we also have to acknowledge in all of this that it is EXTREMELY odd that three officers watched, and did nothing REGARDING the cameras/phones that they KNEW were trained on them.

    If you look at the TWEETS coming from China’s CCP propaganda arm, you can see them baiting/trolling with the words of George Floyd: “I can’t breathe”.

    There’s also a tweet out there that shows a pic of Chauvin and a pic of the cop Chauvin…and people, apparently in the know, say they don’t think it’s the same person.

    Again, why would these guys allow themselves to be filmed, or even observed? If you were going to kill him…which actually looks pretty intentional…or torture him…you would pack him in the car and go somewhere else.

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  2. Jonny Mo   Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 10:03 AM

    Email sent to White House and DOJ today:

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

    https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice/done?sid=11647556&token=de4d68e44b827467746553a253830d65

    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP-AG BARR-US ATTY JOHN DURHAM

    Just be your natural selves; you are doing the right things because you are clean fellows with clean convictions to render convictions over evil now being displayed on tunnel vision television!

    Laws are the jail cells of our minds, and whenever we bust out of those mental jail cells, we risk permanent residency inside the metal jail cells of our binds! – JD Mooers

    If national or state by state MARTIAL LAW is necessary, for a while, SO BE IT!

    HOAX GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTORS = REAL ANARCHISTS = Pawns of External Powers

    a national BoweL Movement = BLM = BLACK LOOTERS MATTER

    GOD BLESS LAW ENFORCEMENT…MY FAMILY STANDS WITH YOU!

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  3. Hawaii H2O   Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 4:57 AM

    Needs investigation: The one on the right was seen starting fires and using a hammer to break windows in Minneapolis. Is the one on the left the same guy. The guy on the left has an ex-wife who thinks so…and she says that’s her mask. He’s also…a member of ANTIFA.

    NEEDS INVESTIGATION…that’s all…could point to higher ups also being bought or compromised.

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