Police in Minneapolis were forced to abandon their precinct after massive crowds of protesters began to set the building on fire. The thousands of protesters were angry over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while pleading for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck. Several other buildings were torched, marking the third night of increasingly violent demonstrations in Minneapolis and neighbouring St. Paul. Earlier, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz activated the National Guard at the Minneapolis mayor’s request.
President Trump is calling protesters in Minneapolis “thugs” and vowing that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Trump tweeted as violence boiled over last night, following the death of George Floyd. However, it appears that Twitter is accusing the president of violating its rules about glorifying violence and blocking the offending tweet. Trump and Twitter have been feuding recently after the latter added fact-check-links to an earlier Trump tweet about vote-by-mail fraud in the U.S.
I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020