Donald Trump dubbed protesters at a largely peaceful demonstration in Boston “anti-police agitators” after thousands of protesters and counter-protesters showed up for a conservative “Free Speech Rally” in the city.
“Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you,” Trump said on Twitter.
Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017
The Boston Free Speech Coalition, the group that organized Saturday’s rally, had until recently planned to include speakers with ties to white nationalism.
It has since publicly distanced itself from the racist groups that incited violence in Virginia last weekend, advising hate groups on Friday not to join their rally.
Boston officials prepared for the large crowds following the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend, with hundreds of uniformed and undercover police officers working to manage growing crowds.
According to reports the protests were mostly peaceful, though some minor clashes occurred, including some “scuffles” with police.
Twitter shot back:
You lie!! Try again w/out the propaganda.
Tens of thousands protested hate speech, peacefully.
Why can't you open your mouth w/out lying?
— StevenBoyer (@SteveBoyer5000) August 19, 2017
You attack the peaceful protesters and don't condemn the kkk
— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) August 19, 2017
This is dictator speak. You are hoping for violence to create a pretext for cracking down on dissent. Flip the script on Charlottesville.
— Elliott Lusztig (@ezlusztig) August 19, 2017
are you kidding me?! it's like you're TRYING to turn America against you. there is literally no end to your suckiness.
— Victor Huckabee (@popesaintvictor) August 19, 2017
You really are just going to dismiss the fact that we led a peaceful protest in #Boston…you are the reason we are divided
— WTFIsEnlightenment (@WTFIsEnlighten) August 19, 2017
nice how you can tweet about this in real time but took 2 days to tweet about Heather Heyer.
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) August 19, 2017
Yep, they're the white supremacists you keep bouying with your support.
— Joel 🌮 (@JoelNihlean) August 19, 2017
Actually it's already broken apart and nothing actually happened. So you just try to make it look as if something bad happened.
— Mark Bland (@markbland) August 19, 2017
No they are Anti- Nazi protestors. You know…the fine Nazis you adore.
— Tony Posnanski 👠 (@tonyposnanski) August 19, 2017
Look at this crowd, trump.
This is only a FRACTION of the people who despise and reject your message of hate in Boston. pic.twitter.com/cQ8J4P9R5A
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) August 19, 2017