Twitter placed a warning label over a tweet from President Donald Trump early Friday morning, saying it violated its rules about “glorifying violence” after he tweeted that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” in regards to the ongoing unrest in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd.
“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 shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.
Twitter flagged the tweet, which is now only visible if you click on Twitter’s flag.
“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” the social media company said.
NEW: Twitter places public interest notice on this new tweet from President Trump.
"violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today" pic.twitter.com/UQdBB6gFe1
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 29, 2020
After protesters stormed the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct and set it on fire, Trump lashed out at local officials and said the military could take over the response.
“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership,” Trump tweeted. “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.”
Frey fired back at the president in an early-morning press conference Friday.
“Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis,” Frey said. “Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell. Is this a difficult time period? Yes. But you better be damn sure that we’re gonna get through this.”
Mayor Frey responds to the President’s tweets: Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis. Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell.. pic.twitter.com/BtMyjrA6on
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) May 29, 2020
This is the second time this week Twitter has taken action against Trump’s tweets.
It previously flagged two of Trump’s tweets about mail-in voting in California, saying Trump’s tweets were misleading about elections.
Trump responded to the flags by issuing an executive order Thursday targeting social media companies.