Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) early Friday morning slammed President Trump’s criticism of his leadership amid the protests that have erupted in the Minnesota city after the police killing of George Floyd.
Early Friday Trump lashed out on Twitter at Frey, saying that he would “send in the National Guard” if the mayor couldn’t “bring the City under control.”
After a reporter on Friday read Trump’s tweet to the mayor during a press conference, Frey blasted the comments.
“Let me say this, weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis. Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis,” Frey told reporters.
“We are strong as hell. Is this a difficult time period? Yes, but you better be damned sure that we’re going to get through this,” Frey continued.
Thursday marked the third straight night of protests across Minneapolis over the death of Floyd, a black man who died earlier this week after a police officer was seen in video footage kneeling on his neck during an arrest. In the footage, Floyd can be heard saying “I can’t breathe.”
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) on Thursday activated the Minnesota National Guard in response to violent protests in Minneapolis. Thursday night, some demonstrators breached and burned the 3rd Police Precinct in Minneapolis. The precinct was the base for the officers involved in Floyd’s arrest, NBC News reported.
- Trump urges Minneapolis mayor to ‘get tough and fight’
- Minnesota governor orders ‘full mobilization’ of National Guard
Frey also called for peace in the city during an emotional Thursday press conference, saying that the outbreak of protests in Minneapolis “is the result of so much built up anger and sadness.”
“If you’re feeling that sadness, that anger, it’s not only understandable, it’s right. It’s a reflection of the truth that our black community has lived,” Frey said.
“While not from lived experience, that sadness must also be understood by our non-black communities. To ignore it, to toss it out would be to ignore the values that we all claim to have, that are all the more important during a time of crisis,” he continued.
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