In a collection of tweets on Saturday morning, President Trump threatened he would have used “vicious canines” on White Home protestors and blamed Antifa and the “radical left” for the demonstrations across the nation.
Protests have erupted throughout the U.S. in main cities like Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta and extra after the dying of George Floyd whereas in police custody. Floyd died on Could 25 after a police officer apprehended him and knelt on his neck for a number of minutes, after Floyd repeatedly stated he couldn’t breathe. The officer was arrested and charged with third-degree homicide and manslaughter final week.
Protestors gathered outdoors the White Home Friday evening, and Trump praised the Secret Service members for holding individuals contained in the constructing protected.
“Nice job final evening on the White Home by the U.S. Secret Service. They weren’t solely completely skilled, however very cool. I used to be inside, watched each transfer, and couldn’t have felt extra protected,” Trump wrote.
He additionally appeared to name into query the legitimacy of the demonstrators, writing “protestors” in quotes in his tweet. In a while Saturday morning, he urged they have been a part of the Antifa motion, a gaggle of militant, anti-fascist activists, and the “radical left.”
Trump additionally stated that if the group had gotten too near the White Home, “vicious canines” and “ominous weapons” would have been used towards them.
“Massive crowd, professionally organized, however no one got here near breaching the fence. If that they had, they’d have been greeted with essentially the most vicious canines, and most ominous weapons, I’ve ever seen,” he wrote. “That’s when individuals would have been actually badly damage, not less than.”