U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday mentioned demonstrators protesting the dying of a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck would have been “greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen.”
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, responded to the Republican president on Twitter, saying there “are no vicious dogs & ominous weapons. There is just a scared man.”
“While he (Trump) hides behind his fence afraid/alone, I stand w/people peacefully exercising their First Amendment Right after the murder of #GeorgeFloyd and hundreds of years of institutionalized racism,” mentioned Bowser, who’s black.
Floyd’s dying on Monday in Minneapolis has sparked demonstrations, a few of them violent, in lots of cities throughout the U.S., together with one in Washington on Friday.
The White Home was quickly locked down as lots of of individuals gathered on Friday afternoon throughout the road in Lafayette Sq. Park.
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After marching away, demonstrators assembled once more later and movies confirmed pushing-and-shoving matches between officers and protesters attempting to push over steel limitations. The group dispersed early Saturday morning.
In tweets hours later, Trump praised the Secret Service officers who guard the White Home as “very cool. I was inside, watched every move, and couldn’t have felt more safe.”
“Big crowd, professionally organized, but nobody came close to breaching the fence. If they had they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons,” he mentioned. “Many Secret Service agents just waiting for action.”
Trump accused Bowser of refusing to ship D.C. police to assist. However the Secret Service mentioned in a press release that “The Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Park Police were on the scene.”
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Secret Service officers made six arrests, the assertion mentioned.
“Some of the demonstrators were violent” and assaulted Secret Service personnel with bricks, bottles, fireworks and different objects, and an undisclosed variety of Secret Service officers have been injured, the assertion mentioned.
Trump appeared to name his supporters to rally exterior the chief mansion on Saturday night, saying, “TONIGHT, I UNDERSTAND IS MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE???” MAGA stands for Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.”
He later mentioned he didn’t know if any would present up.
On Friday, Trump drew a warning from Twitter and condemnation from Democrats after posting a remark that “looting leads to shooting,” suggesting protesters who turned to looting might be fired upon.