By Matthew Turner
U.S. Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat representing New Jersey, chastised President Donald Trump on Twitter today for remarks the president made about the situation unfolding in Minneapolis. Protests, looting and fires have broken out in the city in response to an African American man who appeared to be killed by a police officer.
“George Floyd was murdered on tape and the officers who killed him still haven’t been arrested,” Cory Booker wrote on Twitter today. “At a time when the president should be bringing this country together, he instead sends racist tweets inciting violence. We demand accountability, justice, and systemic change.”
Booker was responding to this Tweet from President Donald Trump:
“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. 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. 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!”
Twitter blocked the President’s Tweet. Posting the following message:
“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. Learn more“