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PBC News & Comment: Defiant Trump Tweets Will Fuel More Violence

Escalating his Twitter battle and racist attacks, Trump stokes more conflict with dictator’s tactics, putting out fire with gasoline…--after signing toothless executive order to re-regulate social media, Trump challenges Twitter with threatening message, gets new kind of slap on the wrist

--in typical fashion, he injects himself in tense Minneapolis scene, “sowing discord” in the manner we are told to blame on Russia

--Trump targets Mayor Jacob Frey, who is trying to calm angry mobs as Covid cases increase

--Twitter needs to suspend his account

--Washington Post runs bizarre op-ed by far right columnist accusing Twitter of double standard

--the cop who killed George Floyd with his knee to the neck is arrested and charged with 3rd degree murder

--NY Times uses clinical, police manual language to describe the deadly act of violence

--as curfew is declared, rumors abound that Minneapolis officer Jacob Pederson was mystery “umbrella man” accused of arson by protesters

--a black CNN reporter and his crew were arrested during live report

--Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s weak response to Floyd’s killing, and her history, harm her VP prospects

--focus on police brutality against people of color intensifies, as NY cops who used knee on neck in minor incident on May 2 face charges

--NYC will start to ease Covid restrictions on June 8

--our daily Covid-19 update, compiled by Linda Lewis

--Trump, our wannabe authoritarian, denounces China for Hong Kong crackdown, and says US will bail from WHO

--after Saudi arms sale triggered Pompeo investigation, TrumpCo considers another round

--NY Times reports Russia’s GRU is hacking email servers, and continues to present 2016 hacking as fact