Twitter Flags President Trump’s “When the Looting Starts, the Shooting Starts” Tweet About George Floyd Protests

Social Media/via ReutersA screenshot of a tweet by President Donald Trump posted on May 29, 2020. Twitter flagged a post by Trump on the unrest in Minneapolis as ‘glorifying violence,’ saying the tweet violated its rules.A screenshot of a tweet by President Donald Trump posted on May 29, 2020. Twitter flagged a post by Trump on the unrest in Minneapolis as ‘glorifying violence,’ saying the tweet violated its rules. Social Media/via Reuters

Twitter has flagged a tweet from the official White House Twitter account which reposted the text of a tweet President Donald Trump sent early Friday morning, saying “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” claiming the tweets violated its rules about “glorifying violence.”

The tweets were in reference to the ongoing unrest in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd.

“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!” Trump tweeted shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.

The official White House account reposted the language of President Trump’s tweet Friday morning after it had already been flagged by Twitter.

The tweets are now only visible if “view” is clicked.

“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” the social media company said.

Trump’s use of the “looting” phrase evoked a dark page in American history as it was used by a Miami official in the 1960s.

Social Media/via ReutersA screenshot of a tweet by President Donald Trump posted on May 29, 2020. Twitter flagged a post by Trump on the unrest in Minneapolis as ‘glorifying violence,’ saying the tweet violated its rules.A screenshot of a tweet by President Donald Trump posted on May 29, 2020. Twitter flagged a post by Trump on the unrest in Minneapolis as ‘glorifying violence,’ saying the tweet violated its rules. Social Media/via Reuters

The president doubled down on his statement Friday afternoon, tweeting “nobody should have any problem with this other than the haters, and those looking to cause trouble on social media.”

Without addressing the Twitter guidelines that got his tweet flagged earlier Friday morning, Trump responded to Twitter saying the social media giant only targets Republicans.

“Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China or the Radical Left Democrat Party,” Trump tweeted. “They have targeted Republicans, Conservatives & the President of the United States. Section 230 should be revoked by Congress. Until then, it will be regulated.”

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SOURCE: ABC News, William Mansell and Libby Cathey