Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday expressed disagreement with President Donald Trump’s tweet in which he called Minneapolis protesters “thugs” and vowed that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
Trump tweeted after protesters outraged by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody, torched a police station.
The tweet was quickly flagged by Twitter as “glorifying violence.”
Asked by cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias if he agreed with the president’s tweet, DeWine replied, “No, not the last sentence at all.”
“Look, I think it’s very important that leaders such as myself be a source of peace, stability, and work to heal the divisions that we have in this country. That is, I believe, my obligation. I can’t do it alone. I do it with my fellow Ohioans,” DeWine said. “We do have problems, there is racism. There are problems in our communities. There’s disparities.”
DeWine said he believes all Americans have an obligation to focus on healing divisions in the country.
“It’s important for me as governor to talk to all Ohioans. Every day I think about the fact that I represent 11.7 million Ohioans, in a very wonderful, very diverse state, with different backgrounds and different challenges that each face. I think my job is to try to bring people together. We don’t always come together, but we’ve got to keep trying.”