Police officers cheered as President Donald Trump urged them to use petty violence against suspected criminals — and social media users reacted in outrage and horror.
“When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, I said, please don’t be too nice,” Trump told police officers Friday during a speech in Long Island.
“Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody — don’t hit their head,” he added. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?”
Twitter users weren’t sure whether to be more appalled by the president or the police officers who roared in approval.
America is once again a nation of laws, says Trump, who just told cops to beat the shit out of people they arrest
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) July 28, 2017
President Endorses Police Violence.
Man, double-fck these people.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) July 28, 2017
I'm not okay with police brutality even if it's Trump being arrested.
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 28, 2017
President urges officers to commit acts of brutality, officers laugh and cheer wildly. Beginning to think problem isn't a few bad apples. pic.twitter.com/o1sSgw6lGy
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) July 28, 2017
So Trump is openly encouraging police to behave violently. Like he's Duterte, and not an American president… https://t.co/sB8MLufahf
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 28, 2017
What Trump described and encouraged during today's speech is essentially what killed Freddie Gray, right?
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) July 28, 2017
POTUS: “When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddywagon… please don’t be too nice”
— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) July 28, 2017
The president of the United States endorses police brutality: https://t.co/9DJiQDUBmx
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) July 28, 2017
Why are you advocating police brutality to a room full of cops?
And why are they cheering brutality?
— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) July 28, 2017
Trump just told NYPD police officers to not be too nice during arrests. Literally said he's told cops to assault people. No class, no sense.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 28, 2017
Keep all his endorsements of police brutality today in mind when the first of his kids gets indicted
— On Trial for (@ZeddRebel) July 28, 2017
Here's the president of the United States encouraging police officers to be rough with people they arrest pic.twitter.com/iLzoUEY89e
— David Mack (@davidmackau) July 28, 2017
In a single week Trump has riled up three crowds into racist bloodfrenzies:
-A rally of supporters
-a group of Boy Scouts
-and the police
— Jameson Parker (@jamesonstarship) July 28, 2017
Dear Robert Mueller,
Hi again, trump just told police officers that it's okay to physically harm people on purpose. Please hurry.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) July 28, 2017