Did Donald Trump by ‘Crazytweet Proclamation’ legalize ‘brandishing?’ How can police ever respond to real threats when Trump endorses pointing guns, menacingly, at members of the public as ‘free speech?’
Guardian: Donald Trump courted controversy on Monday – and perhaps sought to deflect attention from reports about Russia placing bounties on US soldiers in Afghanistan – by retweeting news footage of a white couple in St Louis, Missouri who pointed guns at protesters marching for police reform.
By ‘retweeting’ the McCloskey’s ‘brandishing and menacing’ peaceful protesters, is pointing a loaded weapon, even at police, now considered a constitutional right, a form of free speech? pic.twitter.com/4Dt8RZygMI
— Gordon Duff (@gpduf) June 29, 2020
The president’s action came a day after he retweeted footage of protesters clashing in Florida in which a Trump supporter could be heard to say “White power! White power!”
— ABC News (@ABC) June 29, 2020
That retweet was deleted from the president’s account after a few hours, a White House spokesman saying Trump had not heard the inflammatory words before sending the footage on to his supporters. A screen grab of Trump’s soon to be deleted again crazytweet.
The protesters in St Louis were marching to the mayor’s home to demand her resignation.
In a Facebook live briefing on Friday, Lyda Krewson read the names and addresses of several residents who wrote letters suggesting she defund the police department. The video was removed from Facebook and Krewson apologized on Friday, stating she did not “intend to cause distress”.
A social media video showed the unidentified armed white couple standing outside their home in the Central West End neighbourhood, shouting at protesters. The man carried an assault-style rifle, the woman a handgun. People in the march moved the crowd forward, urging participants to ignore them.
It was not immediately clear whether St Louis police were aware of the incident.
Krewson, who is white, was elected as the first female mayor of St Louis in April 2017, pledging to reduce crime and improve impoverished neighborhoods. Her husband, Jeff Krewson, was killed in a carjacking in 1995. She and her two young children were in the car.