Donald Trump seemed to promote threats and violence against “Black Lives Matter” protesters by sharing a video of two white people waving and pointing guns at them in St. Louis.
The protesters were marching toward the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson in response to her reckless decision to read off the names and addresses of protesters, potentially putting their lives and those of their families at serious risk.
On their way there, video captured two white people pointing a handgun and an AR-15 at protesters while yelling at them.
Here’s the video via ABC News:
— ABC News (@ABC) June 29, 2020
Rather than denounce the gun-toting duo, Donald Trump simply retweeted the video. Presumably, he did so in approval of their behavior, which could incite further armed confrontations that could result in violence and killing.
Trump has previously shared a video of one of his supporters saying that “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.” Trump also incited his armed supporters to “liberate” blue states from their Democratic governors in an effort to force those states to re-open early despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Twitter users swiftly condemned Trump for what appears to be a further endorsement of violence against the BLM movement.
If a black couple stood outside of their homes pointing assault weapons at peaceful white protesters, they’d be swarmed by a swat team and shot within minutes.
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) June 29, 2020
Trump just retweeted this, you are no leader because a real leader unifies their people.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) June 29, 2020
This retweet isn’t exactly a good look for you.
— The Drake 🇺🇸🇨🇦🏴☠️ (@if_you_see_kaye) June 29, 2020
State law does not prohibit the open carrying of firearms, but does prohibit exhibiting “any weapon readily capable of lethal use” in an angry or threatening manner in the presence of one or more persons. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.030.1(4).
— Bryan 🇺🇸 #PoliceThePolice (@swimmerbr78) June 29, 2020
So Trump is apparently urging people to break the law, too. Make no mistake, he’s going to get people killed and that should disturb all Americans.
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