After threatening to send in the National Guard to shoot down black protesters, President Donald Trump is now bragging about the Guard’s arrival and got put in his place for insisting that George Floyd will not have died in vain.
Trump threatened to send in the National Guard — something he actually has no legal authority to do, since National Guard units are state-based and answer to Governors — to quell protests against the killing of Floyd by Minneapolis police, only he referred to the black protesters as “thugs” and also threatened to order the Guard to shoot them, something he has not done in response to armed white conservatives storming state capitols in protest of social distancing.
Well, the National Guard has apparently arrived on the scene, and Trump took to Twitter to boast about it and ominously announce that the soldiers are “fully prepared” as he once again insisted that Floyd will not have died in vain.
The National Guard has arrived on the scene. They are in Minneapolis and fully prepared. George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
It’s really insulting for Trump to use George Floyd as a political pawn in his game to divide the nation. Floyd is dead because police officers used excessive force and put a knee on his neck. Black people are protesting because those officers have not been arrested and charged with murder.
Social media called Trump out for disgracing Floyd’s memory rather than actually respecting him.
You disrespected the memory of George Floyd the minute you called the unarmed people protesting his murder “THUGS” and called for them to be shot.
Different rules for the armed White men in Michigan, though. pic.twitter.com/7FwWHYtBv3
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) May 29, 2020
I do not know who needs to hear this, but it is illegal to murder unarmed protesters: even if the President orders you do it, you can still be investigated, arrested, and prosecuted for murder. #Nuremberg
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) May 29, 2020
If the National Guard shoots crowds of protestors, Trump must be held fully responsible. This is especially the case after he sent out that unhinged tweet last night calling the heartfelt protestors “thugs” and even threatening that “when the looting starts the shooting starts.”
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) May 29, 2020
Once again: The way to respect the memory of a man murdered by police is not to threaten people protesting his death with murder by the army.
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 29, 2020
“died in vain”? “respect his memory”? you’re terrible at this. resign and let someone competent do your job
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) May 29, 2020
GO TO HADES!
You threatened to have the National Guard shoot looters.
You’re a vile, disgusting, racist, son of a klansman.
You’re trash. https://t.co/8BEDsy7J9J
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) May 29, 2020
Our nation is functioning exactly the way you’d expect it to function with a failed frozen steak salesman turned reality TV game show host in the White House.
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) May 29, 2020
Let’s hope the National Guard is more disciplined than Trump and will refuse to shoot anyone, especially on his orders.
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