Trump retweets videos of Black men attacking white victims, asking, 'Where are the protesters?'
Amid protests against the killing of black citizens that lasted nearly a month, President Trump retweeted videos of black men attacking white victims in various incidents - one of which happened last year - and wondering why they didn't like protests like that nationwide demonstrations of citizens have triggered the death of George Floyd.
Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Monday, the president retweeted a Twitter thread about an incident in October 2019 that saw a 28-year-old black man in a video pushing a white woman on a Brooklyn subway platform .
"So terrible!" Trump tweeted.
The woman was not injured. The man, who was described by the authorities as a well-known relapsed subway perpetrator, was later arrested and charged with assault.
Floyd was killed in May by a Minneapolis police officer who kneeled his neck to the ground. The subsequent protests were directed against official acts of brutality against black people or against those that were specifically motivated by racism, not against accidental acts of violence.
The president then retweeted a viral video of a black man attacking a white employee at a Macy's in Flint, Michigan on June 15.
"Looks what's going on here," Trump tweeted. "Where are the demonstrators? Was this man arrested? "
Flint police say they have identified two men they are looking for in connection with the case.
The video clip was posted by a conservative blogger, Matt Walsh, who tweeted: "This guy brutally attacked a Macy employee about his race and then slandered him by claiming he said the n-word, which was a lie . " This is a terrible hate crime, and if the races were reversed, it would be the only thing we talk about for days. "
Trump has a long history of fueling racial division, and it precedes his presidency.
In 1989, after a group of black and Latin teenagers known as Central Park Five were accused of brutally raping and attacking a jogger in New York City, Trump published a full-page ad in four of the city's major newspapers for the return of the death penalty.
The convictions of the five were overturned in 2002 after DNA evidence and the conviction of a convicted rapist and murderer exonerated them.
Despite this evidence, Trump said in 2016 that he remains convinced of her guilt.
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