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Trump calls Minneapolis protesters 'thugs,' vows action

Trump calls Minneapolis protesters 'thugs,' vows action Photo: ABC News

Updated: May 29, 2020 11:40 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is threatening to take action to bring the city of Minneapolis under control, calling violent protesters “thugs." He tweeted Friday that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”  

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Overnight, protesters outraged by the death of a black man in police custody torched a Minneapolis police station. Trump's tweet about “the shooting” drew another warning from Twitter, which said he had violated rules about “glorifying violence.”

The official White House account later reposted the comment, which was also flagged by the social media giant.

The White House says the president "did not glorify violence. He clearly condemned it."
 

President Trump also tweeted his support for the National Guard,

President Trump has been battling the social media company for applying fact checks to two of his tweets. Trump had threatened social media companies with new regulations.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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