Obama Calls For Racial Justice After George Floyd’s death, Trump Doubles Down on Shooting Looters
After President Donald Trump doubled down on his call to shoot looters in Minneapolis (and was flagged by Twitter for “glorifying violence”), former President Barack Obama called for racial justice in the police-killing of George Floyd, on Twitter:
We have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly “normal” — whether it’s while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park...
It falls on all of us… to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment not longer infects our institutions and our hearts.
CBS News notes that Twitter flagged Trump’s tweet: “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 White House retweeted Trump’s threat (which he doubled down on in a separate tweet), which was also flagged by Twitter:
“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!” https://t.co/GDwAydcAOw— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 29, 2020