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Twitter Flags Trump Tweet for Glorifying Violence After President Attacks Minnesota Protesters as ”THUGS

HeadlineMay 29, 2020

On Twitter, President Trump attacked Minneapolis’s mayor, who has called for the arrest of now-fired police officer Derek Chauvin over the killing of George Floyd. Trump tweeted, “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.....” In a follow-up tweet, Trump attacked protesters as ”THUGS” and added, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Twitter responded by labeling Trump’s tweet with the warning: “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

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