President Donald Trump wound up totally humiliating himself Thursday during an interview with Fox News host Harris Faulkner, attempting to defend some of his recent, incredibly offensive tweets by referencing a former mayor of Philadelphia who was known to be blatantly racist.
Faulker began the interview by reminding the president of a tweet he sent out shortly after national protests began following the murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis:
“You look at me and I’m Harris on TV, but I’m a black woman, I’m a mom. You’ve talked about it, but we haven’t seen you be a consoler in this instance. And the tweets, ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts.’ Why those words?”
Here’s the tweet Faulkner was referring to:
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…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
“So, that’s an expression I’ve heard over the years.”
“Do you know where it comes from?”
The president responded he believed it came from Frank Rizzo, the former mayor of Philadelphia. But Faulkner corrected him:
“No, it comes from – 1967, I was about 18 months old at the time. … It was from the chief of police in Miami. He was cracking down, and he meant what he said. And he said I don’t even care if it makes it look like brutality, I’m going to crack down. When the looting starts, the shooting starts. That frightened a lot of people, when you tweeted that.”
“Well, it also comes from a very tough mayor who might have been police commissioner at the time. But I think mayor of Philadelphia named Frank Rizzo. And he had an expression like that, but I’ve heard it many times. I think it’s been used many times. It means two things, very different things. One is if there’s looting, there’s probably going to be shooting. And that’s not as a threat, that’s really just a fact because that’s what happens. And the other is if there’s looting, there’s going to be shooting. They’re very different meanings.”
Frank Rizzo was also known to urge voters in his city to “vote white” when they went to the polls.
No matter how he tries to spin what he tweeted out, everyone understood that Trump was indeed threatening protesters with being shot. Keep in mind he also suggested the Secret Service would use vicious guard dogs and weapons on any protesters who got too close to the White House. A few days later, a fence began going up around the White House grounds.
Fox News used to be Trump’s safe space for interviews. Now it seems he’s so toxic that even Fox is calling him out for his BS.
Here’s video of the Fox interview:
Faulkner: Why those words?
Trump: So that’s an expression I’ve heard over the years
Faulkner: Do you know where it comes from?
Trump: I think Philadelphia. The mayor of Philadelphia.
Faulkner: It comes from 1967 pic.twitter.com/J8EgoVXcqX
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 11, 2020
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