'This is a disaster': Right-wing militia group calls on Trump to retract tweet on Minneapolis protestsby Zachary Halaschak
The Oath Keepers said President Trump went too far with his tweets about the protests in Minneapolis over George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody.
The right-wing group, which has many former military and law enforcement members, said it wanted Trump's tweet, which says, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts," and was given a warning label by Twitter because it broke company rules about "glorifying violence," to be retracted.
“This is a disaster. President Trump needs to retract that statement ASAP, stating that he misspoke & did not mean to say that National Guard should shoot people for stealing. Arson is a very different matter — that's lethal force because setting fires can kill,” the Oath Keepers said on its Twitter account.
“I understand his frustration and anger at seeing the rampant looting and arson, but he needs to keep his cool and make sure that what he says is constitutional, lawful, and moral. There are ways to stop looting that respect life,” the series of tweets continued.
Trump was reacting to a wave of violence that enveloped Minneapolis as the city entered its third, and most violent, night of protests, which began after a video showed Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, pinned to the ground via his neck by a white police officer using his knee. He repeatedly said he could not breathe as he slowly lost consciousness and was later pronounced dead. The officers involved in the incident have been fired from the department, and political figures have called for arrests. The FBI is investigating the incident at the behest of Trump.
Twitter slapped a warning label on Trump's tweet and later one from the White House repeating the same message, which took a quote from the controversial former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley.
“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,” Trump tweeted.
“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,” Trump said, repeating the quote from Headley during his aggressive policing of Miami in the 1960s.