Taylor Swift accuses Trump of 'stoking the fires of white supremacy'
May 31 2020
The phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" tweeted by President Trump and accused of "glorifying violence" dates back to race riots during the 1960s, according to reports. "Honor the memory of George Floyd!" the president stated. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Trumplater tweeted that his "expression" meant shootings amid the protests, not by authorities.
The singer criticised Mr Trump for his response to violent protests in Minneapolis over an incident where a black man died while being arrested.
Twitter flagged the president's tweet as having "violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence", but added, "Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible". "And unfortunately, that's where President Trump has taken us". "Last night there were senseless acts of violence that were brought on by a senseless act of violence".
Celebrities including John Boyega, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, Cardi B, LeBron James, Kim Kardashian West and more have taken to social media to express their outrage and horror over George Floyd's death to their millions of followers-with Taylor Swift pointedly swiping at President Trump-hoping to inspire action, though some have drawn criticism. Questioned about the racial origins of the phrase, Trump said he wasn't aware of them. "And that's the way that's meant".
"The family of George is entitled to justice, and the people of Minnesota are entitled to live in safety", he said. "And it was very obvious to anybody that watched it". (AAP/TANNEN MAURY) Young men stand atop a burning auto in the Target parking lot E. Lake St. during a third night of unrest following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. I've seen many bad things and that was a disgusting thing to witness and to watch and it would certainly look like there is no excuse for that. "Is this who you want leading us? It's no time to encourage violence", former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said in remarks streamed online.
"Any time we hear politicians speaking about dealing with police brutality in the middle of election year, it's just meaningless rhetoric that has a hollow promise", he said.
"So often Trump has engaged in dog whistles", Lusane said.
"The justice department...they're also looking at it very strongly".