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Republican Lawmaker Tweets ‘Looters Deserve To Be Shot’ About Minneapolis Protests


Republican Lawmaker Tweets ‘Looters Deserve To Be Shot’ About Minneapolis Protests

A Missouri lawmaker sparked fury Friday when he called for the shooting of looters after some rioters, angered by the killing of an unarmed black man by a Minneapolis police officer, damaged businesses in that city.

“Looters deserve to be shot,” state Rep. Tony Lovasco, a St. Charles County Republican, tweeted Friday afternoon. “But not by government. #2A”

“When you can’t contain your racism, or your bloodthirst. Sounds about white,” state Rep. Brian Sims, a Pennsylvania lawmaker, tweeted in response.

House Minority Leader Crystal Quade condemned Lovasco’s tweet.

“Anyone who commits a crime should prosecuted and punished appropriately,” Quade, a Springfield Democrat, said in a statement. “But an elected official who advocates for extrajudicial murder is just as lawless as those he condemns and is unfit to hold public office.”

Lovasco on Friday claimed that his tweet was in response to President Donald Trump’s tweet offering military support to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and tweeting “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

Lovasco said it was unacceptable for the military to be used in that way.

“However, my point was I don’t have a lot of sympathy for people (who), in the process of looting, get shot by business owners,” Lovasco said. “I have zero sympathy for people who would use the murder of an unarmed man as an excuse to steal a big screen (TV). This is not what this is about.”

Lovasco later tweeted:


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