A woman in California had a bombshell message for looters over the weekend: stop, or you’ll get Donald Trump elected again.
The woman’s plea was captured on video as stores in Santa Monica were emptied out during unrest Sunday over the killing of George Floyd, Breitbart reported.
Police departments across the nation have struggled to maintain law and order after video emerged of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, apparently being killed by Minneapolis police last week, setting off a mixture of protests and violent riots from Los Angeles to the nation’s capital.
More than 400 people in Santa Monica were arrested as of Monday for looting, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a police officer, and curfew violations, the Los Angeles Times reported, after a mob set fires, clashed with police, and looted stores in the city on Sunday.
According to Breitbart, a video flagged by BuzzFeed’s Brianna Sacks shows a woman, ostensibly a Democrat, begging looters to think about how their actions would help Trump’s re-election prospects.
“This is going to get Trump re-elected. Please stop. Think first. Do not get Trump re-elected for your behavior,” the woman says in the clip, according to Breitbart. “Please, Santa Monica… We don’t want Trump re-elected.”
Take a look:
This woman ran up and stood outside a pillaged Vans and was begging people to stop looting because it will help get Trump re-elected.
“We don’t want Trump re-elected, please don’t do this” pic.twitter.com/739dYfD8ZT
— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) May 31, 2020
Out of control
Unfortunately for the Santa Monica woman, appeals to protest peacefully have so far done little to stop American cities from spiraling out of control. In L.A., the National Guard was back on the streets over the weekend, according to the L.A. Times, in echoes of the Rodney King unrest of 1992, which turned Los Angeles into a warzone.
History indeed seemed to be repeating in Santa Monica as armed store owners were seen defending their storefronts at night, as the local KTLA reported.
The unrest has brought denunciations from some protest organizers as well as the president, who has called for law and order to be restored and Floyd’s memory to be respected. President Trump also admonished governors on Monday for showing “weakness” and told them that they “have to dominate” to restore order, Fox News reported.
Trump’s message comes after rioters in Washington, D.C., defaced national treasures like the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial this weekend, and the White House became a mob scene as Secret Service agents were hurt in clashes with demonstrators and radicals set fires, according to Fox. The president was brought to a bunker in the basement of the White House on Friday — a sign of just how serious the unrest had become.