Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms had an emotional message for violent protesters who introduced ‘chaos’ to her metropolis.


Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms mentioned Sunday President Donald Trump’s tweets have solely helped to stoke the fashion fueling the anti-police brutality protests that turned violent in a number of American cities. 

“There are occasions that it’s best to simply cease. And that is a type of instances. He is making it worse,” Bottoms advised CBS Information””Face the Nation.” 

Cities throughout the U.S. have seen violent protests in response to the Could 25 demise of George Floyd, an African-American man who died after a Minneapolis police officer restrained him by inserting his knee on the again of his neck.

In his tweets, Trump has known as for protesters to “honor the reminiscence of George Floyd” by remaining peaceable, whereas additionally referring to those that acted unlawfully as “thugs,” threatening to unleash “the limitless energy of our Navy” upon them and slamming Minnesota’s Democratic leaders for not being robust sufficient on them. 

“This isn’t about utilizing army pressure. That is about the place we’re in America. We’re past a tipping level on this nation. And his rhetoric solely inflames that. And he ought to simply generally cease speaking,” Bottoms mentioned. 

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Twitter slapped one presidential tweet – which mentioned, “when the looting begins, the capturing begins” – with a warning that it violated the corporate’s guidelines in opposition to “glorifying violence.” The phrase was utilized by a Miami police chief greater than 50 years in the past about civil rights protesters, and a few accused Trump of fanning racial division by evoking the brutal police techniques of that period. 

Trump later tweeted the expression was “spoken as a truth, not as an announcement.”  And he mentioned “no one ought to have any drawback with this apart from the haters, and people trying to trigger hassle on social media.” 

Bottoms mentioned the tweets have been “harking back to Charlottesville, when President Trump simply made it worse,” referring to his controversial remark that there have been good individuals “on each side” of a violent confrontation in 2017 between white supremacists marchers and counterprotesters in Virginia. 

Different metropolis leaders have been additionally upset by the president’s tweets in regards to the protests. 

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot advised reporters Friday she feels Trump’s “purpose is to polarize and destabilize native authorities and to inflame racists’ urges.” 

“I feel that the president has a duty to assist calm the nation, and he can begin by not sending divisive tweets that are supposed to take heed to the segregationist previous of our nation,” Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser mentioned Sunday on NBC Information””Meet the Press.” 

“It may take neighborhood and authorities to heal the harm that individuals are feeling,”

Bowser mentioned.  So what you see in cities throughout our nations, what we noticed final night time, there are people who find themselves offended and people who find themselves hurting. And a few doing it in methods which can be useful to our trigger. However we nonetheless must acknowledge that harm and that anger.” 

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, whose district consists of Minneapolis, mentioned Trump “has failed in actually understanding the type of ache and anguish a lot of his residents are feeling.”

“When you might have a president who actually is glorifying violence and was speaking in regards to the type of vicious canine and weapons that may very well be unleashed on residents, it’s fairly appalling and disturbing,” Omar mentioned Sunday on ABC Information””This Week.” 

“We condemn different nations when their presidents make these type of statements,” she added. “And now we have to sentence our president on the highest form of condemnation.” 

Republicans have additionally been important of the president’s tone. 

Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., advised CNN that Trump’s rhetoric was “not useful.” 

“It is not reducing the temperature,” Hogan mentioned. “And I feel it is simply the alternative of the message that ought to have been popping out of the White Home.” 

Bottoms advised NBC Information she want to see management from Trump. 

“And I want to hear a real care and concern for our communities and the place we’re with race relations in America,” she mentioned. 

Bottoms mentioned she wouldn’t object to Trump addressing the nation from the Oval Workplace in regards to the protests. 

“However I’m involved that this president has a historical past of constructing issues worse.” 

Contributing: Nicholas Wu


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