While thousands of protesters march in at least 20 major cities after the murders of George Floyd, Ahmud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, Donald Trump paused before heading to visit NASA to address a few questions about those protests, many of which have resulted in violence leaving eight protesters dead.The questions followed two early morning Trump tweets in which he openly called for his supporters to come handle the protesters and pointed fingers at groups of Americans with no proof that they’re responsible for the violence.
Trump was asked during a press briefing about any fears he may have that his Saturday morning tweets might be “stoking more racial violence.” His answer was jaw-dropping.
After saying that he didn’t really know if his supporters were planning to show up, he assured reporters that:
‘MAGA loves African Americans…MAGA loves the black people.’
“MAGA loves the Black people”
A lot of people have missed this memo. pic.twitter.com/csI33OmSHp
— AJ Springer 🐺 (@JustAnt84) May 30, 2020
Trump’s tweets on Saturday morning were seen by many on Twitter of inciting violence, a tactic Trump often used during the 2016 elections during rallies in which he told his followers he’d like to “punch” protesters “in the face” and promised to “pay the legal bills” if they were arrested for assaulting protesters.
In case the president missed it, people in MAGA hats carried neo-Nazi and Confederate flags to protests against the COVID-19 lockdowns. People in MAGA hats carried tiki torches and chanted “Jews will not replace us” before one killed a protester. He pretends he doesn’t know who those people in the MAGA hats really are, but he certainly speaks to them in loud, dog-whistle tweets.
While the country cries out for competent and sympathetic leadership, a president who will work to unify Americans and address the serious life and death issues faced by the most vulnerable among us, Trump did what he always does: pushed an “us versus them” narrative that has so many times before resulted in violence and even death.
Twitter had a big reaction to Trump’s comments. Read some of their responses below:
Featured image screenshot via Twitter