Update 8.40am London time:
The United States has no government.
— Dave (@davewiner) May 30, 2020
Nationwide protests and riots. Police officers beating people in the streets. The president threatening to deploy the military and have the protesters shot.
If this were happening in any other country, the United States would probably be calling for regime change by now.
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) May 30, 2020
Factbox: 'I can't breathe' protests spread across America after Minneapolis killing https://t.co/zPp71uKwQU pic.twitter.com/ytZ9HbbO71
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 30, 2020
BREAKING VIDEO – WHITE HOUSE: Police in riot gear clashing with protesters, there’s a legitimate fear of the White House lawn being overrun by protesters. #CivilWar2 #DCprotest #RaiseTheDegree pic.twitter.com/gDSb8Ej3DR
— Minneapolis/USA Updates (@EgyptianWeeknd) May 30, 2020
There was full on street fighting between Secret Service agents and protesters in front of the White House tonight.
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) May 30, 2020
BREAKING: Pentagon takes rare step of putting military police on alert to go to embattled Minneapolis. https://t.co/L4BqY6lA09
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 30, 2020
National Guard Major John Jenson says they will have 1,700 troops on the ground by tmrw —almost three times the original pledged number
— Holly Bailey (@hollybdc) May 30, 2020
Police: 19-year-old killed in drive-by during Detroit police brutality protest https://t.co/s2vsUdpSZY
— Detroit Free Press (@freep) May 30, 2020
Unprecedented unemployment, deep anxiety, and rage at another terrible police killing. I was so disoriented I lost my team for a moment. Oakland was very angry tonight. https://t.co/WjZwHMzei8
— Jacob Ward (@byjacobward) May 30, 2020
"It is a lynching at the highest level. No one can deny that," Dr. @CornelWest tells @andersoncooper of the death of George Floyd. "I thank God that we have people in the streets."
"Could you imagine this kind of lynching taking place and people were indifferent?" he asks. pic.twitter.com/r8iSUjJ3db
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 30, 2020
Every word of this.
In awe of @KeishaBottoms’s leadership for the city of Atlanta.
— TJ Ducklo (@TDucklo) May 30, 2020
The USA should have listened when @Kaepernick7 took a knee. https://t.co/mzbQKBFWBM
— Doc Joshi (@MediJoshi) May 30, 2020
LIVE ON @wave3news – something I’ve never seen in my career.
An armed officer shooting directly at our reporter @KaitlinRustWAVE and photographer @jbtcardfan during the protests in #Louisville.
My prayers are going out to everyone tonight.
Such a scary situation for all. pic.twitter.com/Ipg0DjFIXu
— Lauren Jones (@LaurenWAVE3TV) May 30, 2020
Many Republicans were silent about the president’s tweet. Several contacted by AP either did not respond to questions about whether Trump was appropriately meeting this moment of cascading national crises or would not speak about the matter on the record. https://t.co/gtbDsDeNOu
— Julie Pace (@jpaceDC) May 30, 2020
It didn’t have to be this way. It doesn’t have to be this way. We have many problems. An American President should seek to solve them, not create new ones and inflame existing ones. It literally is all on the line November 3. Eight years of this? We’ll be unrecognizable.
— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) May 29, 2020
Tonight there are protests in:
• minneapolis/st. paul
• san jose
— Nicholas Carlson (@nichcarlson) May 30, 2020
Earlier: Cop’s arrest follows night of unrest
"Officer Derek Chauvin… has been arrested on charges of murder and manslaughter… The arrest comes after days of outcry, calls for justice for Floyd. And last night, violence in Minneapolis and around the country as the rage boiled over into chaos" – @ChrisJansing pic.twitter.com/1ZSZPPfo3W
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) May 29, 2020
State charging documents allege that Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd's neck for 2 minutes and 53 seconds after Floyd became non-responsive. https://t.co/bRhSuIO98N
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 29, 2020
Former owner of nightclub where Floyd and Chauvin worked recalls "tension" with police over black community events https://t.co/KmAAS8hPcH
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 29, 2020
In a new statement, George Floyd's family says the arrest of Derek Chauvin “is a welcome but overdue step on the road to justice” and that they want the former Minneapolis police officer charged with first-degree murder.https://t.co/HTQYTy3lji
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 29, 2020
The fix is in. Fuck this shit. pic.twitter.com/nhzXQohuDh
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) May 29, 2020
The officer likely wouldn't have been charged today if those riots hadn't happened last night
— Niles Edward Francis (@NilesGApol) May 29, 2020
Colin Kaepernick Offers to Pay for Lawyers for People Protesting in Minneapolis – WSJ https://t.co/v3tmufM3vy
— NESSA (@nessnitty) May 29, 2020
Except when NFL players kneel. https://t.co/HmwgOWuONi
— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) May 29, 2020
Minnesota police arrest CNN reporter and camera crew as they report from protests in Minneapolis https://t.co/oZdqBti776 pic.twitter.com/3QbeTjD5ed
— CNN (@CNN) May 29, 2020
This is an absolute must read by @timothypmurphy: https://t.co/5ANys52jDs
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) May 29, 2020
In ‘68 the GOP considered Geo Wallace too extreme.
But now Trump is pouring gasoline on the flames of racial division, using Wallace’s very words, and the GOP is holding the jerrycan for him.
This is where the Southern Strategy has led after 50 years. https://t.co/MMS7cdTn9a
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) May 29, 2020
The sitting US President is injecting poison into our faith in the election system. There are many reasons that he is unfit for the job, but this corrosive attack on the foundation of American democracy is, for me, the most acute, and the most troubling long term. https://t.co/p7klnFpl4o
— John Lilly (@johnolilly) May 29, 2020
Opinion | Disbelieving black victims is the default position of conservatives. It’s shameful. <– BRAVO https://t.co/8BtSRKudQA
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) May 29, 2020
JUST IN: President Trump addresses tweet (and WH retweet) that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”….claims he didn’t know the racially charged history. @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/hrByVLXgsS
— Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCBS) May 29, 2020
Hope I'm wrong!
"I think there's a there's a greater risk of a real breakdown of democracy in the next six months than at any point…in the post-World War II period," says Jacob S. Hacker, a political science professor at Yale University. https://t.co/Nn66bLgglr
— Jacob Hacker (@Jacob_S_Hacker) May 29, 2020
Breaking via Politico: Michael Flynn told Sergey Kislyak in late 2016 to take "reciprocal" actions in response to Obama admin sanctions, rather than escalating the situation.
The exchange was released as part of a batch of declassified transcripts.https://t.co/0zJewvmLIl
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 29, 2020
Russia had just committed cyber warfare on us and Flynn is begging their ambassador for mercy in this call. This is the weakest and most subservient thing I've ever seen from a U.S. Administration. https://t.co/WuXaIbsYVG
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) May 29, 2020
The truly astonishing thing about the Flynn call is how quickly the GOP became a pro-Putin party. A party that defined itself on FP for 70+yrs as hawkish on Russia is just cool w/ a back channel to Moscow to reset relations AFTER the IC announces they attacked our democracy.
— Max Bergmann (@maxbergmann) May 29, 2020
Cuntvengers Assemble https://t.co/8VMQfICJXd
— Enough Of That Now (@AndyGilder) May 29, 2020
I have lost control of the situation.
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) May 28, 2020
Johnson’s career, and life, is action without consequence. An embrace of privilege, an appetite for getting what he wants. This story is toxic because it fully embodies the PM: someone who not only gets away with everything but believes that’s his right. https://t.co/oEX8UKhHjN
— Jonathan Lis (@jonlis1) May 29, 2020
And then the other side – how the episode “exposed” the entire Cummings conceit…and by extension the conceitedness. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/zNq408NJyH
— Peter Foster (@pmdfoster) May 30, 2020
This is a big deal. Another Sage member, the highly respected director of the Wellcome Trust also openly disagreeing with decision to lift lockdown. Trace & trace must be ‘fully working’. Infection rates lower. *And trusted* https://t.co/KjmXloLxNo
— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) May 29, 2020
Once again the top-of-the-head in the moment quip turns out not to be a joke at all. SAGE members – experts – being ignored. Politics not science driving premature relaxing of lockdown. https://t.co/DI234C3hw6
— stefanstern (@stefanstern) May 29, 2020
I’ve seen this letter on our local FB page from the Totnes Tory MP who has obviously forgotten to remove the cut and paste instructions from Tory party Central office. Just shows how uncaring they are – do feel free to RT #BorisJohnsonMustGo #SackDom pic.twitter.com/Nchf3XQwq2
— georgie #revokeA50 #FBPE (@getback2thebeat) May 29, 2020
Gosh, a major policy announcement falling apart a few days after the announcement. Who would have thought it after the huge success of PPE, tests, test/track/trace/ and keeping deaths so low? https://t.co/yr3ZD8XtTn
— ALASTAIR CAMPBELL (@campbellclaret) May 29, 2020
Constituents bombard MPs with up to 180,000 emails about Dominic Cummings – some saying their biggest mail boxes since Brexit BUT the difference is they're individually written tales of sacrifice and struggle during lockdown. https://t.co/Ans3D1Kqxl
— Kate Proctor (@Kate_M_Proctor) May 29, 2020
A 'Dominic Cummings ' is now a golfing term. It means a really long drive that goes out of bounds but there's no penalty.
— Norman Thompson (@Norman63red) May 29, 2020
Eye-popping clip of Dominic Cummings’ father-in-law explaining too locals the genetics behind aristocratic “ancient single line families” and why they are simply the best https://t.co/iDLTMZsFPn
— alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) May 29, 2020
Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson have wrecked something precious | Jonathan Freedland https://t.co/i2e7mGaEqf
— The Guardian (@guardian) May 29, 2020
The benefits of Brexit https://t.co/fH5cKFLIz3
— Duncan Robinson (@duncanrobinson) May 29, 2020
@mrjamesob this is for you. Thanks for the hours of listening and the “common sense” pic.twitter.com/1oF5od7sgL
— charlesTdale (@charlesTdale) May 29, 2020
EXPLOSION: Watch the fiery blast at SpaceX South Texas facility that was caught on camera this afternoon | STORY: https://t.co/DuzLHR0NJZ pic.twitter.com/RmPKBUAIij
— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) May 29, 2020
An ominous sign: South Korea closes 200+ schools after its worst COVID-19 spike in months https://t.co/f0WbseMuoE
— k hank #resist (@khankiso) May 29, 2020
U.S. Case Rise Is Steady; Mumbai Hospitals Swamped: Virus Update https://t.co/coHmuhln25
— Bloomberg Next China (@next_china) May 29, 2020
President Trump says the US will be “terminating” their relationship with the WHO over their response to the coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/DNVWRujYhX
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 29, 2020
Trump's so furious at China he's going to…do nothing except hyperventilate and defund the WHO, which has 194 members. Terrified of causing a stock market sell-off, of course.
— John Cassidy (@JohnCassidy) May 29, 2020
"The message from China appears clear to observers in Delhi – this is not a routine incursion"
Tensions are rising between India and China as the armies of the world's two most populous nations are locked in a tense face-off high in the Himalayashttps://t.co/UehDQpyeXU
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 30, 2020
Angela Merkel turns down in-person G7 invite https://t.co/DKSHislh68
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) May 29, 2020
Between two storms: Caribbean braces for hurricanes in coronavirus era https://t.co/xLzgnjuOOi pic.twitter.com/e5IuuslfSc
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 29, 2020
A swarm of earthquakes hit near Yellowstone National Park. There have been nearly a dozen in the past 24 hours https://t.co/fBLrO0TUfT
— Maddie Capron (@MaddieCapron) May 29, 2020
Now they tell us. https://t.co/nbiSE7Zisu
— Chris Lehmann (@lehmannchris) May 29, 2020