Trump claims his 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts' remarks weren't a call to violence but instead a 'fact'
President Trump attempted to clarify his early Friday morning tweet that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," writing on Friday afternoon that the controversial tweet was "spoken as a fact." Twitter flagged Trump's initial tweet for violating their policies against glorifying violence. "It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement," Trump said. "It's very simple, nobody should have any problem with this other than the haters, and those looking to cause trouble on social media." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump tried to explain his "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" tweet about the protests in Minneapolis, confusingly claiming the remarks — which Twitter flagged as glorifying violence — were "spoken as a fact, not as a statement." At around 1 am on Friday, Trump threatened to send the military into Minneapolis as protests and widespread unrest escalated in response to the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, who died shortly after being violently arrested by four police officers in the city. "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 wrote on Twitter. Twitter then posted a "public interest notice" on the tweet, blocking users from liking, replying, or retweeting it but leaving it up and available to view. On Friday afternoon, Trump attempted to clarify his comments in another Twitter thread. "Looting leads to shooting, and that's why a man was shot and killed in Minneapolis on Wednesday night - or look at what just happened in Louisville with 7 people shot," Trump tweeted, referring to people who were shot as part of separate protests over the shooting death of Breoanna Taylor, a black woman in Kentucky killed in her own home as part of no-knock police raid. "It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement," Trump continued. "It's very simple, nobody should have any problem with this other than the haters, and those looking to cause trouble on social media. Honor the memory of George Floyd!"
In a series of tweets, Twitter's communications team explained that the language "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" ran afoul of their policies against promoting and glorifying violence "based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today." As Insider reported earlier today, the line "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" was first coined in the 1960s by Walter Headley, a former chief of the Miami Police Department, whose actions in the position were responsible for racial unrest and riots in that city. On Friday afternoon, prosecutors announced one of the officers involved who was caught on video pinning his knee on Floyd's neck, Derek Chauvin, had been taken into custody and charged with third degree murder. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
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