KEY POINTS

  • Melania Trump posts about violence and looting on Twitter
  • The FLOTUS post sparked mixed reactions from online users
  • Many attacked the First Lady and slammed her husband for being violent 

Melania Trump sparks outrage after posting about peaceful protests and violence on Twitter.

George Floyd’s death stirred up pain and anger among the public due to the way he was arrested and the cause of his death. Floyd, an African-American man, had been accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill.

He was cooperative during the arrest, but a police officer pinned him down and kneeled on his neck. He begged for his life and told the officer he couldn’t breathe. However, the latter didn’t listen and refused to let him go until he became unresponsive. Floyd was later pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Floyd’s death reignited the issue of racism. People from different states gathered together and asked for justice for Floyd. However, some were being violent and even got involved in looting.

On Saturday (May 30), the First Lady took to social media to address the issue.

“Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence. I’ve seen our citizens unify & take care of one another through COVID19 & we can’t stop now. My deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd. As a nation, let's focus on peace, prayers & healing,” Melania wrote on Twitter.

However, the post backfired as many told Melania that her husband, President Donald Trump, has also been very violent to the protesters.

“Your husband, President Trump, mocked & taunted peaceful protest, and last night he advocated violence,” @DavMicRot commented.

“This was a peaceful protest! Your unfit husband said these men were sons of [explicit]!  Pence staged a walkout during a football game in light of a peaceful protest but now you want to call for peaceful protest! Go kick rocks!” @EnyapKPhoenix3 added.

“Your husband didn’t want peaceful protests either,” @emzorbit wrote.

Over the weeked, Trump issued a warning against the protesters. In one tweet made by the White House, the POTUS said, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

Taylor Swift reacted with dismay over the post and called out Trump. The “Love Story” hitmaker said, “We will vote you out in November.”

Meanwhile, several also supported Melania. One said she supports peaceful protests and condones the killing of an innocent man to loot, steal and burn down communities. Those people agreed with Trump against looting and violence.

Melania Trump during the 58th Presidential Inauguration Melania Trump, escorted by a U.S. Marine, walks toward the platform the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017. More than 5,000 military members from across all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including reserve and National Guard components, provided ceremonial support and Defense Support of Civil Authorities during the inaugural period. Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos Photo: Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos