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Trump claimed he didn't know about the racist origins of his 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts' remarks in light of the escalating violence amid the George Floyd protests

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President Donald Trump claimed he didn't know about the racist meaning when he quoted, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," in light of instances of escalating violence and looting amid the George Floyd protests.
The quote came from former Miami police chief Walter Headley in 1967, whose legacy of harsh policing in black neighborhoods incited three days of riots in 1968.
"I've heard it for a long time as most people have," Trump said in response to a reporter's question at the White House. "And frankly, it means when there's looting people get shot. And they die. And you...
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Trump claims his 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts' remarks weren't a call to violence but instead a 'fact'

Trump claims his 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts' remarks weren't a call to violence but instead a 'fact'

1 month ago   |   By

Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via Getty Images
President Trump attempted to clarify his early Friday morning tweet that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," writing on Friday afternoon that the controversial tweet was "spoken as a fact."
Twitter flagged Trump's initial tweet for violating their policies against glorifying violence.
"It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement," Trump said. "It's very simple, nobody should have any problem with this other than the haters, and those looking to cause trouble on social media."
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