Taylor Swift rips Trump apart for 'feigning moral superiority' in George Floyd killing, vows to vote him out
Taylor Swift slammed Donald Trump over his rhetoric concerning the George Floyd incident that saw him threaten to shoot the demonstrators who had taken to the streets in Minneapolis in protest over the 46-year-old's death.
Floyd's death on Memorial Day that involved Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was caught on video by witnesses at the scene and has been viewed millions of times on social media since.
The disturbing footage showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for several minutes even as be pleaded that he couldn't breathe, with the 46-year-old eventually losing consciousness and becoming unresponsive. Paramedics rushed him to the Hennepin County Medical Center, but he could not be saved and was declared dead.
The death sparked protests in several cities across the country, with it turning violent in Minneapolis, where rioters set vehicles ablaze, looted supermarkets, vandalized buildings, and even set a police precinct located close to the scene of the Floyd incident on fire.
In response, Trump chastised the city's Democrat Mayor Jacob Frey, promised to send in the National Guard to tame the protestors he described as "THUGS," and then seemingly quoted a former Miami police chief's whose incendiary words were held responsible as one of the causes behind the 1968 riots in the coastal city.
"I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis," he tweeted. "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."
Swift, who has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration, hit out at the president for feigning moral superiority and promised to vote him out in the upcoming presidential elections.
In a tweet that has over 1.7 million likes and 380,000 retweets, she wrote, "After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump"
Swift was not the only one to slam Trump over his tweet either, with the likes of Stephen King, Patton Oswalt, Kathy Giffin, Ice T, and several more condemning the suggestion that protestors would be met with violence.
"Trump is marvelous at obscuring his incompetence by stirring up distracting controversies. Here is what Americans should keep in mind: 101,000 DEAD AMERICANS AND MILLIONS MORE OUT OF WORK. THIS PRESIDENT IS AN UTTER FAILURE," King wrote.
"This MF said... 'When the looting starts, the shooting starts...' Unbelievable," Ice T posted.
Trump's tweet was labeled with a warning by Twitter for violating their rules about "glorifying violence" and has since been hidden from his timeline. But the president doubled down and defended the tweet and claimed he did not know of its controversial origins.
"It means when there's looting, people get shot and they die," he said in a statement. "And if you look at what happened last night and the night before you see that it’s very common. And that’s the way that was meant. But I don't know where it came from, I don't know where it originated."