OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
President Trump tweeted late last night in response to rioters storming and setting fire to the 3rd Precinct of the Minneapolis Police, which Mary wrote about last night.
Twitter censored the president’s late-night tweets with a warning label, CNN reports, apparently daring him to actually remove their shield.
President Trump issued an executive order yesterday indicating that social media companies that engage in censorship will lose their liability shield.
After this latest act of censorship, President Trump needs to move forward on removing Twitter’s shield immediately. Twitter is clearly trying to interfere with the upcoming 2020 election. I’m sure that will get the Democrats in the House all riled up, right?
Here is President Trump’s latest take on the rioting.
Here is the UNCENSORED version:
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
President Trump is right. These rioters and thugs are taking the focus off the death of George Floyd and dishonoring his memory. The “story” is now about the rioters and not Mr. Floyd or the police brutality, cruelty, and likely criminality.
I don’t take the tweet as President Trump saying the military will start shooting. What I believe he is saying is that when looting and rioting starts, shooting starts amongst the criminals. He is entirely correct! Chaos and violence beget more chaos and violence. As we are seeing now, things can quickly spiral out of control.
President Trump has apparently woken for the day and discovered the censorship. He has some thoughts.
But I am angry this morning. I’m angry about George Floyd’s death. I’m angry arrests have not been made (yet). I’m angry that people are stealing, vandalizing, and committing violence in response. And I’m angry that free speech is under assault by big, powerful corporations.
The situation needs to be brought under control. Now. President Trump is right to threaten to step in if the state officials cannot or will not do so.