Adding to the chorus of voices questioning whether the violent protests unfolding in major cities are truly an organic reaction to the tragic death of George Floyd, President Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to declare that the violent riots in several major American cities are the result of "Antifa and the far left."
The president appeared to want the public to make a distinction between the violence and those who were legitimately protesting over police brutality.
"These are "Organized Groups" that have nothing to do with George Floyd."
"It's ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don't lay the blame on others!"
Trump repeated the claim at an impromptu press conference as he was boarding a flight to watch the SpaceX shuttle launch:
"These people — it's Antifa, it's a lot of radical left, bad people —and they've got to be taught that you can't do this."
Trump's comments follow claims of Minnesota's Democratic Governor Tim Walz who said what is taking place in Minneapolis and St. Paul has nothing to do with anger over Floyd's death:
"The situation in Minneapolis is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd," said Tim Walz, "it is about attacking civil society, instilling fear, and disrupting our great cities."
Walz also said he feared the situation was, "worse than that," pointing to the potential involvement of drug cartels.
The president, who launched a near-immediate FBI investigation into Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police, said that the "professionally managed" rioters were not doing anything to honor "the memory of George Floyd."
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