The National Guard has been activated in Minneapolis after riots continue to destroy the city.
Peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody quickly evolved into violent riots that have resulted in dozens of destroyed buildings and widespread looting.
As violence from rioters continues, Trump issued a tweet urging those in Minneapolis to respect the memory of George Floyd.
The National Guard has arrived on the scene. They are in Minneapolis and fully prepared. George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory!!!
President Trump is exactly right!
How is burning down buildings and looting small businesses that had nothing to do with the killing of George Floyd going to honor his memory?!
See Trump's heartfelt tweet below:
Dramatic footage shows the National Guard arriving in Minneapolis as the Third Precinct police station was burned to the ground by rioters.
Watch as 500 National Guard arrive to the city:
Thursday night was the worst night of riots yet.
Even after the Minneapolis mayor called for peace, rioters took to the streets to burn even more buildings and loot more businesses.
Local KSTP News confirms that 500 National Guard were deployed to the city, which now looks like a third world war zone:
The Minnesota National Guard is being called on to help contain protests in the Twin Cities after a violent past two days after George Floyd's death.
Gov. Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-65 on Thursday, activating the Guard to help protect Minnesotans and maintain peace. A release from Walz's office says local leaders have requested National Guard resources after extensive damage during protests the past two days.
The Guard confirmed more than 500 soldiers will respond to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities.
Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis declared a state of emergency earlier Thursday giving him more flexibility to respond to the ongoing protests, KSTP has confirmed. The emergency order will remain in effect until Sunday night.
It's the first time the National Guard has been activated for a civil disturbance since 2008 when Gov. Tim Pawlenty deployed 300 troops to control riots outside the Republican National Convention.
The National Guard Adjutant General will work with local government agencies to provide personnel, equipment, and facilities needed to respond to and recover from this emergency, according to the news release.
About 200 Minnesota State Patrol troopers will also assist in public safety efforts over the next several days.
Like President Trump tweeted, we should all want to honor the death of George Floyd.
But that means pursuing justice, not fighting fire with fire!
Now, a city is burning and innocent small businesses have been destroyed for no reason!
Racial tensions have exploded as the media has pushed the narrative of widespread racism, but fortunately, incidents like George Floyd seem to be far and few between.
While President Trump urged rioters to respect the memory of George Floyd, Twitter decided to HIDE one of Trump's tweets.
The social media giant claimed that Trump was glorifying violence (he was NOT).
His tweet said the exact opposite.
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.
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.
See the tweet, which Twitter has hidden from the algorithm, below:
NPR has confirmed that Twitter has appeared to censor the President of the free world:
Twitter has placed a warning on a tweet from President Trump in which the president blamed unrest in Minneapolis on "THUGS" and said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."
Twitter said Trump's post violates its policy about "glorifying violence."
Trump's message on Twitter came during a night of protests and looting in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, a black man, after a white police officer pinned him to the ground for several minutes. The arresting officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Trump said Friday morning he would "send in the National Guard" to restore order.
The phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" was used in December 1967 remarks from then-Miami police Chief Walter Headley. Headley was discussing his efforts to cut crime in the Florida city, with the message "aimed at young Negro males, from 15 to 21," according to the Miami Herald.
Twitter hid the second of Trump's messages with a warning but added it "has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."
The official White House Twitter account retweeted the language from the president's hidden post. Twitter placed a warning message on that post as well.
Trump responded Friday, saying Twitter was doing "nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China or the Radical Left Democrat Party."
When was the last time Twitter hid a tweet from a Democrat?
What about Kathy Griffin or other Hollywood liberals who appear to suggest violence against the president?!