July 29, 2021

Trump tweets do little to calm a nation on edge, as more violent protests rock cities

As violent protests continued for a fifth straight night over the death of an African-American man during an arrest by Minneapolis police, President Trump took advantage of the crisis to take a swipe at “the Democrat Mayor” of Minneapolis for failing to control the protests, praising a “great job” by the Minnesota National Guard.

With more than 4,000 troops on the ground and a total of some 10,000 mobilized, the Guard helped enforce, albeit partially, an 8 p.m. curfew ordered by the governor and along with police dispersed a crowd that had attempted to storm a police station house. Two nights earlier, another precinct house had been burned down by demonstrators.

The National Guard “should have been used 2 days ago & there would not have been damage & Police Headquarters [sic] would not have been taken over & ruined,” Trump tweeted.

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