Ayesha Curry joined a host of people condemning President Donald Trump's tweets Thursday night which he referred to protesters as "Thugs" and glorified and promoted violence against the citizens protesting over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn.
I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
....These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
Curry responded with the following two tweets.
What in the actual hell?— Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) May 29, 2020
You’re disgusting. Praying for you, even though I don’t want to.— Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) May 29, 2020
Curry also posted on Instagram in support of the protests.
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Growing up @jamaicanglamma always said “who cyaah hear muss feel” (who can’t hear must feel). I knew what she was saying but the words didn’t resonate as much as they do right now. How much more is it going to take to value, hear, listen, understand, appreciate and uphold black lives without people inevitably having to take some sort of action?! It’s sickening. Past the point of trying to talk it out (it’s been centuries)... my heart is heavy and praying for the family of #georgefloyd and families of the thousands of other #blacklives lost because of senseless barbaric acts that have occurred and reprehensibly continue to. I can’t wrap my head around what is supposed to be our leadership amongst other things. The fact that his actions and words don’t surprise us appalls me on the daily. Saying a prayer for humanity today and always. Hoping for change. 😔
Twitter flagged Trump's tweet and hid it saying it violated the company's rule about glorifying violence. The tweet has been left up for historical context but can't be replied to or liked.
The protests in Minneapolis stem from the death of Floyd, an unarmed African-American man who was killed in police custody. A video showed Floyd, 46, pleading for help as officer Derek Chauvin shoved his knee into the back of Floyd's neck, pinning him to the ground. Floyd is seen telling Chauvin and three other officers who are looking on that he can't breathe and asking them for help. Chauvin, however, didn't stop and it was later announced that Floyd died shortly after being arrested.
The Minneapolis Police Department swiftly fired all four officers but, as of this writing, have yet to charge them. Protests began Wednesday and escalated Thursday when protesters set the Third Precinct building and several others on fire. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz activated 500 National Guard soldiers as the protests continued Thursday night.
The U.S. Justice Department has said it is making the investigation into the death of Floyd a top priority. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison told CNN "he expects" there to be charges brought in the case.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called for criminal charges to be brought against the officers.
"I am not a prosecutor, but let me be clear: The arresting officer killed someone," Frey told CBS, via CNN. "He (Floyd) would be alive today if he were white." Chauvin, a 19-year police officer, had 18 previous complaints in his file, while one of the other officers, Tou Thao, had six. The other two did not have any previous complaints.