A tweet by Donald Trump immediately brought me back to 1968 when America’s cities were in flames over the murder of Martin Luther King.
Last night there were protests and rebellions all across the country in reaction to the brutal police murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis policemen.
In 1968, our Chicago mayor, Richard Daley, stepped before cameras and gave police the authority “to shoot to kill any arsonist or anyone with a Molotov cocktail in his hand … and … to shoot to maim or cripple anyone looting any stores in our city.”
Yesterday, the current Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot compared the killing of George Floyd to the Chicago police murder of Laquan McDonald.
Last night Trump tweeted:
A second tweet from Trump was blocked from view by Twitter for advocating violence.
Trump had tweeted : “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!”
The thug is in the White House.
It is right to rebel.