Warren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in

On Friday, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenConsumer bureau revokes payday lending restrictions Tammy Duckworth hits back at Tucker Carlson: 'Walk a mile in my legs' Trump criticizes Redskins, Indians over potential name changes MORE (D-Mass.) called President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' MORE's tweet about protests in Minneapolis "horrific," adding, "Donald Trump is calling for violence against Black Americans."

In her tweet about the president, Warren said, "His advocacy of illegal, state-sponsored killing is horrific. Politicians who refuse to condemn it share responsibility for the consequences."


Early Friday morning, the president posted a tweet that has since been flagged as violating Twitter's policy for "glorifying violence" after Trump called those protesting the death of George Floyd — a 46-year-old unarmed black man who died shortly after a city police officer pinned his head to the street with a knee on his neck — "THUGS" and said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

Trump's tweet prompted a response from several other Democratic senators, including Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: DC's Bowser says protesters and nation were 'assaulted' in front of Lafayette Square last month; Brazil's Bolsonaro, noted virus skeptic, tests positive for COVID-19 Hillicon Valley: QAnon scores wins, creating GOP problem | Supreme Court upholds regulation banning robocalls to cellphones | Foreign hackers take aim at homebound Americans | Uber acquires Postmates Senate Democrats urge Pompeo to ensure Americans living overseas can vote in November MORE (Minn.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHouse Democrats chart course to 'solving the climate crisis' by 2050 'The Senate could certainly use a pastor': Georgia Democrat seeks to seize 'moral moment' Some realistic solutions for income inequality MORE (Colo.).

"Our community is hurting. Hurting for justice & charges for George Floyd. Vandalism must stop," Klobuchar said Friday. "But we need systemic reform. Like a full scale DOJ pattern/practice investigation of Mpls. Police like I've called for. So much better than a tweet." 


Bennet echoed Klobuchar's calls for "systemic reform," saying, "We must work together to dismantle systemic racism in our country and hold ourselves accountable to seek justice for black Americans and other victims of racial violence," also condemning the president's tweet in a separate post.

Other Democratic senators chimed in against the president's tweet Friday, such as Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump may be DACA participants' best hope, but will Democrats play ball? Pompeo: US 'certainly looking at' ban on Chinese social media apps like TikTok Russian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide MORE (N.Y.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Amy Kennedy wins NJ primary to face GOP's Van Drew Booker easily wins New Jersey Senate primary MORE (N.J.) and Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDemocrat asks Barr to preserve any records tied to environmental hacking probe Democrats warn Biden against releasing SCOTUS list Key Democrat accuses Labor head of 'misleading' testimony on jobless benefits MORE (R.I.) 

"At a time when the nation needs unifying more than ever: President Trump is pouring gasoline on the flames by quoting a racist police chief. Shame on him," Schumer said Friday afternoon, referring to Trump's tweet.

Booker blasted Trump for his tweet, saying, "At a time when the president should be bringing this country together, he instead sends racist tweets inciting violence," while Whitehouse alleged Trump to be "a Commander in Chief who winks at white nationalism threatening black protesters with violence."

Trump has since announced that the National Guard has arrived at the scene of the Minneapolis protests, saying, "George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory!!!"

A tweet from the White House Friday afternoon said Trump would hold a news conference at the Rose Garden at 2 p.m.