Melania Calls For Unity After Her Husband Says “Looting Will Lead To Shooting”
First Lady Melania Trump called for unity when tweeting about the protests in Minneapolis following the police killing of George Floyd earlier this week, while her husband suggested the protests could be met with violence.
- She wrote, “Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence...As a nation, let’s focus on peace, prayers & healing”
- The Independent reported that this was the first time the first lady spoke out about Mr. Floyd’s death.
- Her statement comes “after protests heightened in Minneapolis on Thursday evening, with protestors setting fire to the Minneapolis Police Department’s third precinct among other buildings,” The Independent wrote.
- Meanwhile, Trump tweeted about the protests, saying, “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd...Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
- Twitter flagged Trump’s tweet, saying “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.”
Tensions escalated after a news conference on Thursday with state and federal law enforcement. People expected an announcement of charges against the four former police officers who were involved in the incident, but there were no new developments.
"We thought we would have another development I could tell you about, unfortunately, we don't at this point," US Attorney Erica MacDonald said at the press briefing. She continued that the US Attorney's Office and the FBI were conducting a "robust and meticulous investigation.”