The war between left-leaning Twitter and President Donald Trump has escalated in recent days, as the giant social media platform began at least partially censoring some of Trump’s tweets with “fact-check” labels.
On Friday morning, one of the president’s tweets — which was aimed at the violent looters in Minneapolis — was flagged for “glorifying violence.” The tweet was actually “hidden” on his Twitter feed as a result but is still accessible to the public behind a warning label.
Part of the issue that Trump’s critics, and presumably Twitter, had with his tweet is that he labeled the violent, savage rioters in Minneapolis as “thugs.” Here’s exactly what he posted on Twitter before it was taken down:
“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!”
He also wrote, “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.”
Twitter’s explanation for censoring the president’s tweet is as follows: “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”
But why is the president taking heat, in part, for calling the Minneapolis rioters — who have burned down or destroyed nearly 200 buildings and businesses in their city — “thugs” while others seem to have gotten away with it and faced virtually zero opposition?
One of those examples comes from the Democratic party’s savior and idol, former President Barack Obama.
In 2015, on the heels of a dangerous, destructive and violent riot in the Democrat-run city of Baltimore, MD, Obama gave a statement in the aftermath of the carnage in which he very clearly referred to the rioters as “criminals and thugs.”
Don’t believe me? Watch the video below, which was taken in 2015, courtesy of Bloomberg. (He makes the “thug” reference at about the 3:29 mark in the video)
Isn’t it strange how it’s perfectly ok for Obama to make such statements but for some reason when someone from the other side of the political aisle says it, they’re automatically flagged as “racists” or “bigots.”