Things in Minneapolis are heating up.
Thursday night, sources reported that Minneapolis George Floyd protesters torched a police station in the 3rd precinct.
It was later reported that no one was harmed, as the tenants of the building and surrounding areas were asked to evacuate the area, plus the fire department was able to get to the scene relatively quickly.
We are working with @MinneapolisFire to deliver resources and respond for a beloved neighborhood in our city. We all need to work together to ensure the safety of our friends, family, and Minneapolis residents. And right now working together means clearing the area.
— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 29, 2020
But still. Crazy, right?
Well, just when you would hope for the face of our great nation to swoop in, figuratively extinguish the flames, and save the day, reality set in.
….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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
If reading that from the leader of the free world doesn’t emotionally paralyze you, I’m not sure what will. This is bigger than a presidential indiscretion, especially when that same president previously defended white nationalist protesters, calling them ‘fine people’, but labeling the group in Minnesota tonight as thugs.
Then to threaten to shoot those who loot?
Utilizing divisive and polarizing rhetoric during times like this will not sow seeds of harmony in Minnesota tonight, and it damn sure won’t in America.
Especially when it comes from the one person who holds the highest office in our country.