George Floyd is a black man who died after a white cop knelt on his neck as he pleaded for help. The whole thing was recorded and you can find the video elsewhere. The officer shown kneeling on Floyd’s neck, along with another officer who stood by and watched, have been involved in use-of-force incidents over their careers.
Demonstrations intensified after prosecutors UNBELIEVABLY announced they had not decided whether to charge the officers who killed Floyd. Unsurprisingly, the protests turned violent and are on-going all across the country (L.A., Memphis, Phoenix, Manhattan, and St. Paul are the places I read about. There are undoubtedly more.)
In Minnesota last night, protesters broke into the Minneapolis police precinct station and some demonstrators set it ablaze and ignited fireworks. The police fled. The governor called in the National Guard as looting broke out in St. Paul.
So of course, there is no situation that Lord Damp Nut cannot make worse, he tweeted:
…which broke MORE Twitter rules. Politico’s morning email thingie:
— TWITTER’S COMMUNICATIONS staff explained at 3:17 a.m.: “This Tweet violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today. We’ve taken action in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts, but have kept the Tweet on Twitter because it is important that the public still be able to see the Tweet given its relevance to ongoing matters of public importance. As is standard with this notice, engagements with the Tweet will be limited. People will be able to Retweet with Comment, but will not be able to Like, Reply or Retweet it.”
and this is how that tweet now displays:
Slate points out that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” was a threat in 1967 by Miami Police Chief Walter Headley to use dogs and shotguns in a “get tough policy” in the city’s slums. I didn’t know that, but you can bet Trump did, and you can bet that communities of color know the history of that phrase.
Axios’ morning email thingie:
At a news conference, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was asked about Trump’s tweet calling him “very weak.” The mayor replied:
- “Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis.”
- “Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell!”
- “Is this a difficult time period? Yes. But you better be damned sure” — the mayor pounded the lectern — “that we’re gonna get through this.”
WHAT TO MAKE OF THIS? … IT’S SOMETIMES SAID that the president’s foes give him the fights that he wants, and in the three o’clock hour this morning, DONALD TRUMP got the fight that seems absolutely tailor-made for him: THE PRESIDENT versus Twitter, with the backdrop of riots in an inner city governed by a Democratic governor and mayor. All of this at the end of a week where the nation reached two grim milestones: 100,000 Americans have died and 40 million Americans are out of work from a deadly virus that his administration is getting flak for not having under control.
It was the full YAHTZEE for Lord Dampnut. In one fell swoop Prznint Stupid distracted our Failed Political Press from his incompetence in re: Trump-Virus, dog-whistled his racism to his racist base, inflamed the situation and made it ALL ABOUT HIMSELF (as he does). His tweets this morning are about how HE is the victim of Twitter, and nothing about George Floyd’s murder.