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Trump: 'Haters' Are Distorting My Tweet About Looters

President says he doesn't want shooting to happen
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2020 1:18 PM CDT
Updated May 29, 2020 2:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump's fight with Twitter has escalated further now that the site has restricted one of his tweets for "glorifying violence." Background and related coverage about the controversy:

  • The tweet: Early Friday, Trump was tweeting about the violence in Minneapolis. "....These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen," he wrote. "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!"
  • Original quote: That last part of Trump's tweet goes back to December 1967, when Miami Police Chief Walter Headley used the same phrase, reports the Miami Herald. His quote: "We haven't had any serious problems with civil uprising and looting because I've let the word filter down that when the looting starts, the shooting starts."
  • Clarifying: Trump sought to distance himself from Headley's version in an afternoon tweet. "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," he wrote. "I don’t want this to happen, and that’s what the expression put out last night means." Trump added: "It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement. It’s very simple, nobody should have any problem with this other than the haters ..."

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