United States President Donald Trump released a video Monday showing a Missouri couple brandishing weapons at protesters calling for police reforms, again exacerbating racial tensions in the United States.
The Republican president received a quick conviction Sunday for retweeting a video of a Florida supporter shouting “white power,” a phrase used by white supremacist groups, and then removed it. The White House said Trump had not heard the slogan.
Without comment, Trump retweeted an ABC News video Monday showing a white couple brandishing weapons against black and white protesters marching outside a St Louis house. In the video and others on social media, some protesters can be seen pausing to film or photograph the couple, while others can be yelled at, “Keep moving!” and “Come on!”
A couple pointed guns at protesters in St. Louis as a group marched toward the mayor’s house to demand his resignation. https://t.co/5EqDd43QCd pic.twitter.com/KWNaif77ch
– ABC News (@ABC) June 29, 2020
According to local media, the couple had asked the police for help once they saw the large crowd enter Portland Place, where their $ 1.15mn mansion is located. The couple, identified by the media as Mark T. and Patricia N. McCloskey, had been home and heard a loud commotion coming from the street. They went to investigate and saw “a large group of subjects smashed into an iron door marked with ‘No Trespassing’ and ‘Private Street’ signs,” police said.
“The group began shouting obscenities and threats of harm to both victims,” police said according to the St. Louis Police Office. “When the victims observed multiple armed subjects, they armed themselves and contacted the police.”
Police said they are continuing to investigate the incident at Portland Place, but they label it as a fourth-degree intrusion and assault for intimidation case.
Trump also criticized Princeton University’s announcement over the weekend that he would remove the name of former United States President Woodrow Wilson from his schools for his racist comments and policies.
“Unbelievable stupidity!” Trump tweeted.
Opinion polls show Trump follows his likely Democratic rival in the Nov. 3 election, former Vice President Joe Biden, and a growing number of Americans who sympathize with protesters and support police reforms.
Princeton’s decision is part of a radical reevaluation of historical icons and nicknames amid growing calls for racial justice following the murder of American blacks, including George Floyd, whose death under the knees of a white police officer in May sparked protests. worldwide.
Critics have highlighted Trump’s hostile response to protests against racial injustice and actions like Princeton’s, even as Mississippi voted Sunday to remove the Confederate flag symbol from its state flag, Walmart stopped selling the Confederate flag and NASCAR banned the symbol of the Civil War era.
Trump also retweeted 15 previous posts Monday highlighting people wanted by the US Park Police for allegedly destroying a statue in Lafayette Square outside the White House on June 22.
Trump, who canceled a weekend trip to his New Jersey resort to manage what he said was expected to be a riot in Washington, played golf at his Virginia property both Saturday and Sunday without other public events.
The events of the weekend in Washington were largely peaceful, including the March of the Black Mamas on Saturday.
Reuters news agency