A protester on Friday was seen scaling a secret Secret Service building in Washington, D.C., to spray paint the words “F**K TRUMP” on the edifice.
The act of vandalism was broadcast live on CNN Friday evening as the network covered protests around the country sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The anti-Trump message came hours after the president was widely condemned for calling protesters “THUGS” and using the phrase, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” in a tweet.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
Twitter has since hidden the president’s tweet and put a warning label on it saying that it “glorifies violence.”
At a news conference Friday afternoon, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Trump’s comments were “profoundly dangerous” and that people must “say this is totally unacceptable no matter who is the speaker.”
“He wants to show failures on the part of Democratic local leaders to throw red meat to his base. His goal is to polarize, to destabilize local government and inflame racist urges. And we can absolutely not let him prevail,” Lightfoot said.
“Donald Trump’s comment last night was profoundly dangerous,” she added. “And we must stand firm in solidarity and say this is totally unacceptable no matter who the speaker is. And we see the game he is playing. Because he’s transparent and he’s not very good at it. And I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It begins with an F and it ends with a U.”
Here's the video of Mayor Lightfoot responding to Trump.
— 😷🏘Derrick Clifton (@DerrickClifton) May 29, 2020