MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing in as the Minnesota National Guard mobilizes in the Twin Cities Saturday night.
On Saturday night, not long after curfew began at 8 p.m. in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Trump issued a tweet, saying the National Guard “has been released in Minneapolis” to do the job that the “Democrat Mayor” couldn’t do.READ MORE: 'She Was A Jewel': Community Holds Vigil For Victim Of Quadruple Homicide
“Should have been used 2 days ago & there would not have been damage & Police Headquarters would not have been taken over & ruined,” he wrote.
He ended the tweet by saying “great job” to the National Guard, and “no games!”
The National Guard has been released in Minneapolis to do the job that the Democrat Mayor couldn’t do. Should have been used 2 days ago & there would not have been damage & Police Headquarters would not have been taken over & ruined. Great job by the National Guard. No games!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
Trump was previously under fire for using the term “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” in regards to riots and unrest following George Floyd’s death. Twitter quickly flagged the tweet as violated rules against “glorifying violence.”READ MORE: Woman Critically Injured In Minneapolis Shooting
Trump later said his comments were misconstrued.
“Frankly it means when there’s looting, people get shot and they die,” he said.
Trump’s explanation did little to satisfy hundreds of protesters who gathered outside the White House into early Saturday, shouting “No justice, no peace” as well as an obscene chant directed at the president.
Trump’s whiplash comments came after protesters torched a Minneapolis police station on Thursday night, following three days of searing demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, who was captured on video pleading for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes.MORE NEWS: Twins, Lynx, And Gophers Take Home Weekend Wins
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