Trump rushes to Twitter to slam peaceful anti-racist protesters in Boston

"Looks like many anti-police agitators"

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published August 19, 2017 4:56PM (EDT)

 (AP/Evan Vucci)
(AP/Evan Vucci)

Protesters against the alt-right are now “anti-police agitators” to the president, apparently.

Tens of thousands of people came out to protest white supremacists in Boston on Saturday and Donald Trump rushed to Twitter to suggest they fomented violence against the police -- hours after a spat of shootings left multiple police officers killed and wounded across the country.

And in a common pattern, Trump was faster to denounce the peaceful, anti-hate protest than the actual white supremacists and neo-Nazis who gathered in Boston Common for a "free speech rally." Event planners were forced to uninvite leading figures in the alt-right movement following the Charlottesville violence.

In contrast, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh thanked the "people who came out to share that message of love not hate; to fight back against racism; to fight back against anti-Semitism; to fight back against white supremacy."

"I want to thank everyone who came out to express themselves in such a positive, great manner today," Walsh said at a press conference held after the protesters peaceful dispersed. "You could just feel a sense of pride there," he added.

Trump on Saturday further praised the job done by all law enforcement involved with the rally as well as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a Democrat.

"Great job by all law enforcement officers and Boston Mayor @Marty_Walsh," Trump wrote.

Nearly one hour later, Trump finally tweeted support for the protesters:

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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