Trump threatens using military to kill Black Lives Matter protesters

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Shortly before 1 a.m., Donald Trump threatens to send the National Guard to Minneapolis to shoot down Black Lives Matter protesters. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

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!

I can’t stand back and watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get this act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right…..

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The public response to the murder of George Floyd has grown chaotic in Minneapolis, with buildings set on fire, property damaged, and businesses looted. In the months that follow, authorities identify right-wing provocateurs and white supremacists as the instigators of the violence.

Donald Trump might have calmed tensions in Minneapolis if his Justice Department hadn’t blocked Derek Chauvin’s plea deal.

The phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” was first uttered by Miami police Chief Walter Headley in 1967 during hearings about crime in the city. Headley was discussing black youth — who he referred to as thugs — and his method for keeping riots out of Miami.

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