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Monday, June 1, 2020

Taylor Swift condemns Donald Trump for his threats

After the news of the death of African-American, George Floyd spread like wildfire, protests erupted in Minnesota. People were outraged at the police brutality showcased in the tragic incident and ravaged the streets. Following the string of violence, the president of the U.S., Donald Trump tweeted threats aimed at the activists who started and support these protests. 

However, the leader’s words brought on him much criticism as various celebrities voiced out their disgust. Taylor Swift was amongst those who called out Trump for his appalling threats to rain fire in Minneapolis. 

On Tuesday, the activists stepped out into the streets and raised their voices in favor of George Floyd. They wanted justice and campaigned against the rising police brutality in the country. The protests slowly turned violent and continued to become worse as fire was set to a police station on Thursday. Thus, Trump was prompted to speak out against the demonstrations. 

The president wrote that the protesters were nothing but thugs who were tarnishing the memory of the deceased 46-year-old. He said he would not let that happen and was not afraid to take action against it. Trump further added that he had spoken to Tim Waltz, the governor and assured him that the he had the complete support of the Military. He ended the tweet with the words “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” which caused much resentment amongst people. 

Swift was quite appalled by the leader’s rhetoric and lashed out. On Friday, she tweeted that his presidency was knee deep in spreading racism and feels of white supremacy. She called him out on feigning moral superiority right before threatening violence against the protesters and their cause. The hitmaker ended her tweet saying that the people would vote him out in elections in November. 

Meanwhile, Cardi B has also declared support for the protests. She uploaded several videos to defend the call for justice and property damage taking place in Minneapolis. In one of her posts, she said that she is not against the protests, though the violence is scaring her. The superstar also shared that she hopes no one is hurt in this fight to end police brutality in the U.S.

In other news, Billie Joe Armstrong from Green day quoted Will Smith saying, “Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed.” He too was heartbroken over the tragedy. Numerous celebrities such as Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga have also taken to social media to show their support for George Floyd. Lady Gaga postponed her online listening session of her new album considering the situation at hand. 

In a video that went viral a couple of days ago showed Floyd being pinned to the ground by a white police officer. Though the victim was unhandcuffed and unarmed, the heavy-handed-cop pressed his knee against his neck. The African American struggled to breathe and fell unconscious on the street. He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. 

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