In a late Thursday night Twitter tirade, President Donald Trump appeared to be calling for the shooting of protesters who are furious over the death of George Floyd. In response, Twitter decided to do something it’s never done before: it hid Trump’s tweet from the timeline, replacing it with a warning label explaining that the tweet violated rules for “glorifying violence.”
“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right,” Trump tweeted.
He added “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!”
This was arguably more violent than anything he’s ever tweeted while threatening to send in troops to have Minneapolis protesters shot. But that tweet is now missing, and instead it looks like this:
You can still click through to Trump’s tweet and read it if you want, but by default it’s not visible. In addition, Twitter has prevented any additional replies from being posted to Trump’s tweet, which it says is in the interest of preventing Trump’s tweet from “reaching more people” due to its inappropriate nature.