Donald Trump on Friday afternoon claimed to be completely ignorant of the racist history of the phrase 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts,' which he tweeted, and the White House retweeted, and which was also posted on the Presidential Facebook account.
The phrase was made famous by a Miami police chief in 1967.
— Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCBS) May 29, 2020
Trump on Friday told reporters he believed the phrase means "when there's looting, people get shot and they die."
He says that's very accurate and "we don't want that to happen."
Trump denied knowing the origins of the phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" saying he has heard the phrase "for a long time."
When a reporter noted it was said by Miami police chief in 1967, Trump said he "has also heard from many other places."@JasonHoffman93
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 29, 2020
"That's the way that was meant, and that's the way I think it was supposed to be meant, but I don't know where it came from."
President Trump says he didn't know where the term "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."
It originates from a Miami police chief whose aggressive policies in black neighborhoods led to violence in the late 1960s.https://t.co/QoVGt6ce5Y
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) May 29, 2020
"I've heard that phrase for a long time. I don't know where it came from," says @POTUS when asked about his controversial tweet concering #Minneapolis. "It means when there's looting, people get shot." pic.twitter.com/5AtrD2HXZh
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 29, 2020
Who did he last hear it from? https://t.co/2EhQkZl2YJ
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) May 29, 2020
Earlier on Friday, Twitter placed a warning on a tweet from Trump in which the noted racist blamed protests in Minneapolis on "THUGS" and said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."
Facebook employees are upset that their company refuses to take action against Trump's threat.