Trump Attacks Minneapolis’s Mayor As His City Is Burning
The Guardian reports that the mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, has fired back after President Donald Trump attacked him on Twitter. He criticized Trump for “shirking responsibility” during a time of crisis.
Following the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis, protests have broken out across the country.
Video footage caught an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck, and now protesters demand he and the three other officers present be criminally prosecuted.
Trump tweeted late Thursday night: “I can’t stand back and 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.”
Twitter hid the accompanying tweet “behind a warning that it violated ‘Twitter rules about glorifying violence’”: “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen … Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
Frey responded by suggesting it is a “weakness” for Trump to be “pointing [his] finger at somebody else at a time of crisis.”
He also referred to the strength of Minneapolis, stating: “This is a difficult time, yes, but you better be damn sure that we’re going to get through this.”
Demonstrations have escalated as a Minneapolis police precinct was set on fire late Thursday night, and Frey made the call to “evacuate officers from the building.” He has further condemned the subsequent riots, deeming them “unacceptable” and calling out the damage to banks and grocery stores that are “essential to [their] community.”
Frey previously called for the arrest of the officer that suffocated Floyd, tweeting on Wednesday that “most people, particularly people of color” would “already be behind bars” had they done the same.