December 2019: Someone pretending to be a Starbucks manager tweets that he forbids his employees from saying "Merry Christmas!" Twitter suspends the account.
May 28, 2020: Donald Trump threatens to have the US military massacre protesters in Minnesota. Twitter does not suspend his account. Although the tweet is hidden from view for "glorifying violence", Twitter is keeping the tweet accessible because "it may be in the public's interest".
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
Trump appears to use a direct quote from a Miami police chief from 1967. This has to be intentional, and likely fed to Trump by one of the many racists with which he surrounds himself....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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
I don't see a lot of people talking about this, but the mass execution threat in Trump's tweet is a direct quote from an article by Miami Police Chief Walter Headley's about his 1968 lynching campaign. This reference is likely not accidental. It's fascist and genocidal. pic.twitter.com/UocYGu6wEU— ribka #onrentstrike (@redpomgranat) May 29, 2020
Headley's quote was published in a United Press International article on December 28, 1967. The UPI reporter described the police chief's "shotgun crackdown on Negro slum hoodlums".“When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” is a threat coined by Miami Police Chief Walter Headley, who promised violent reprisals on black protesters in 1967. He also said: “We don’t mind being accused of police brutality. They haven’t seen anything yet.” https://t.co/inm7T4N804 pic.twitter.com/yfYY59Xfel— Todd Zwillich (@toddzwillich) May 29, 2020
This is war. ... [When it comes to] young hoodlums, from 15 to 21, who have taken advantage of the civil rights campaign, we don't mind being accused of police brutality. They haven't seen anything, yet. ... When the looting starts, the shooting starts.Headley's officers were under orders to use shotguns and dogs during several days of rioting. When he died less than a year later, his obituary included this quote: "Felons will learn that they can't be bonded out of the morgue."
Trump last month: LIBERATE MINNESOTA!— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 29, 2020
Trump today: These THUGS will be shot. pic.twitter.com/sByYE9HAU4
Hennepin Co. Attorney Freeman:— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 28, 2020
“That video is graphic and horrific and terrible and no person should do that. But my job in the end is to prove that he violated a criminal statute, and there's other evidence that does not support a criminal charge... I will not rush to justice.” pic.twitter.com/RZ9iYsvQ1W
The latest as protests over the death of George Floyd escalate across the US:— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) May 29, 2020
- Several shots fired near Denver protestors
- At least 40 people arrested at a protest in NYC
- Minnesota declares state of emergency as violence in Minneapolis mounts https://t.co/A3EwkgJMhq
President @realDonaldTrump: "There's nothing I'd rather do than get rid of my whole Twitter account." pic.twitter.com/Giz99p1sG2— The Hill (@thehill) May 28, 2020