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Protest, Violence, and the Distortion of Truth in Trump’s America

Last week—it seems like a long time ago now—Twitter finally decided to do something about its most dangerous user, who happens to be the president of the United States. On Tuesday, the social networking service added a fact-checking link to one of Donald Trump’s tweets criticizing mail-in voting, which it said violated its rules concerning voter suppression. On Friday, it added a warning to another of his tweets, in which he appeared to threaten to order the military to open fire on people who had broken into stores during the ongoing protests against police brutality in Minneapolis. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump wrote, deploying a phrase used by Southern police chiefs and politicians in the 1960s, including segregationist presidential candidate George Wallace. Twitter said this second tweet violated its rules concerning the glorification of violence. Trump, as he often does when accused of using racist dog-whistle language, claimed he’d been misunderstood.

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