In response to the protest in Minneapolis, the president tweeted “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
He continued, “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!”
If you’re looking for the source of “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,”it’s darker than you’re probably assuming given the particular moment in American politics. The quote is by a Miami police chief named Walter Headley who targeted black people in 1967, The Washington Post explains here.