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President Donald Trump expressed solidarity with “every American seeking justice and peace” in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died following an encounter with Minneapolis police, with a white officer seen pinning Floyd down with a knee to his neck.
Despite that officer, Derek Chauvin, being fired and subsequently arrested for third-degree murder and manslaughter, the streets of America have erupted in ugly, violent anti-cop riots that seen numerous businesses go up in flames.
With business owners who have often worked all their lives and spent all they have to get their endeavors up and running paying a steep price, a troubling scene played out Saturday night in Dallas, Texas.
Actor James Woods tweeted a video capturing a Dallas shopkeeper trying to protect his business being severely beaten in the street.
Woods added a single word: “Savages.”
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) May 31, 2020
The man, who was reportedly armed with a sword, is set up by about a dozen people and is beaten and stomped repeatedly. At one point, a coward is seen running up and viciously striking the defenseless man in the head with a skateboard, as he lies in the street.
The man appeared to survive the attack, as seen in a tweet from Blaze TV’s Elijah Schaffer, though his injuries are no known — Schaffer had posted the video above.
Picture credit @realtor_austen
— ELIJAH (@ElijahSchaffer) May 31, 2020
In a full, unedited version of the video, Schaffer clarified that he cannot confirm the man owned the shop he was trying to protect — as seen in the clip, the man made an ill-advised offensive move, running at the rioters with the sword above his head.
“I cannot confirm he was the store owner, but I pulled out my camera when I saw him appearing to defend a store, then he was rushed, then made the move that might have cost him his life.”
Full unedited video for editorial requests. Please attribute to Elijah Schaffer of Blaze TV. I cannot confirm he was the store owner, but I pulled out my camera when I saw him appearing to defend a store, then he was rushed, then made the move that might have cost him his life pic.twitter.com/8oGa2obBbp
— ELIJAH (@ElijahSchaffer) May 31, 2020
Schaffer also tweeted that the riots seen in Dallas were “pre-planned.”
He noted that there were organizers directing people and that a pallet of bricks was made available.
BREAKING: tonight’s Dallas riot was pre-planned
Organizers were directing the crowd where to go
They had pallets of 100 bricks ready for rioters
They were yelling to the crowd “go left, there are 100 bricks on the corner over there”
This wasn’t random chaos
More info to come
— ELIJAH (@ElijahSchaffer) May 30, 2020
Speaking from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Saturday, after the launch of two astronauts into space, Trump denounced “Antifa and other radical left-wing groups” exploiting Floyd’s death, which he called “a grave tragedy” that “should have never happened.”
“The violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other radical left-wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses, and burning down buildings,” the president said.
He also insisted the violence will be stopped.
“In America, justice is never achieved at the hands of an angry mob,” Trump said. “I will not allow angry mobs to dominate.”
Here is a sampling of responses from Twitter:
good God. people, STAY HOME.
— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) May 31, 2020
catch this man pic.twitter.com/oQLnoxiZwH
— Football Score (@footballscore97) May 31, 2020
ANIMALS!!! THEY ARE WILD ANIMALS OUT OF CONTROL! Why aren’t they arrested or shot. They probably don’t even know who George Floyd is.
— Elizabeth De Leon Howard (@HowardElizabeth) May 31, 2020
Every city on fire tonight is run by Democrats. Take note people.
— RCarls (@RCarls1) May 31, 2020
— Not Karen (@NotKaren15) May 31, 2020
@chrissyteigen is gonna pay for their bail! Wonder if that’s gonna change when they loot her fav Rodeo Drive store or when they show up on her doorstep?? Will she be willing to bail them out whem they come for her family?? Will it be a “protest” then??
— Michele P. (@shellipell) May 31, 2020
Honestly, this is doing a lot to reinforce the necessity of 2A for the generations to come.
— Elder Tux (@SmiteTux) May 31, 2020
Not savages. Domestic terrorists!
— Snowflakerehab (@snowflakerehab) May 31, 2020
These are not Americans they are Democrats.
— Sam4Liberty❌ (@SamEstes10) May 31, 2020
Not sure how almost killing a person is helping them and their cause.
— Laura (@Arletta0301) May 31, 2020
These are the type of thugs @POTUS was talking about. This right here.
— Tracy (@BriannaSaunde12) May 31, 2020
It makes me sick to watch. This is not about Floyd! These thugs want to destroy America and act like the victim! Disgusting!
— Angie Freyenhagen (@freyenhagen) May 31, 2020
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