Trump on massive anti-racism protest: ‘Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston’

A gathering of somewhere between 30 and 40 thousand people descended on Boston today to protest a “free speech” rally that just happened to feature a bunch of white supremacists. The official rally didn’t last very long, as fewer than 100 people bothered to show up. The gathering was by and large peaceful, but there were a few chaotic scenes as the police tried to lead the rally-goers out of Boston Common through a sea of counterprotesters.

After failing miserably to condemn white supremacists in the aftermath of a neo-Nazi murdering a counterprotester in Charlottesville last weekend, Donald Trump was right back at it again on Saturday, this time calling a gathering of thousands of people in a show of solidarity against white supremacy “anti-police agitators.”

“Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you.” Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon as the protests were mostly dying down. “Great job by all law enforcement officers and Boston Mayor @Marty_Walsh.”

And that was all he had to say on the matter. So either Trump thinks all 30,000 people who showed up are anti-police, is trying to paint Antifa as a purely anti-police group, or he’s just calling cops white supremacists. Perhaps he heard a few chants of “Black Lives Matter” and, like plenty of other racist white people, somehow ran that slogan through a filter in his brain that translates it to “murder all cops,” something the group has never once called for.

It’s not surprising Trump was quicker to condemn a huge peaceful protest against racism than he was a gathering of neo-Nazis and KKK members, but it remains deeply upsetting.

UPDATE 4:37 PM: Trump finally got around to acknowledging the protest. He used the wrong heal. Twice.

“Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heel, & we will heel, & be stronger than ever before!” Trump tweeted, after deleting a previous tweet with the exact same misspelling.

He’s gotta be fucking with us. Nobody can be this stupid.


UPDATE 4:43 PM: Trump deleted the “heel” tweet and has replaced it with the correct spelling.

He also added a follow up:

“I want to applaud the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!” Trump said.

It probably won’t, if we’re all just being honest about the situation.

[Screenshot via Jack Smith IV]