“Rochester N.Y., Brooklyn N.Y., Portland—All had bad nights, all weakly run by Radical Left Democrat Governors and Mayors!” Trump tweeted Monday. “Get the picture?”
The president’s tweet comes after protests and unrest in cities over the weekend.
It is unclear what the president was specifically referring to, but in Brooklyn, five people were shot late Sunday night, including a 6-year-old boy during an outdoor celebration. All of the victims were taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, according to police.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said the little boy and his mother were just getting out of a cab when they were shot. The little boy was in surgery Monday, according to The New York Post.
Harrison told The Post that the incident looked like “a gang-related shooting.”
Meanwhile, on Friday night in Rochester, N.Y., police arrested 11 people, and three police officers were injured after protests turned violent for the third night in a row after the leader of Rochester’s police union defended the seven officers linked to the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man, who died in March.
Prude died of asphyxiation, with drug use a contributing factor, after police placed a “spit bag” over his head during his arrest a week earlier.
But secretary to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Melissa DeRosa, responded to the president on Twitter Monday, saying that the majority of protests Sunday night were described as “peaceful.”
“Sadly for this President, a peaceful protest is a ‘bad night’ — he thrives on anarchy and stokes the flames of division,” DeRosa tweeted.
“We know you thrive on anarchy and seek to fan the flames of hate, but Sunday night’s protest in Rochester was described as peaceful by both demonstrators and RPD,” DeRosa tweeted. “Knock it off and get to work, Mr President.”
Meanwhile, in Portland, Ore., protests continued, hitting the 100th day of unrest since demonstrations began following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in May.
The president’s comments come as he and White House officials have criticized Democratic politicians, urging them to “step up” as protests and violence continue to rock cities and towns
“It is incumbent on Democrats to step up,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said last week. “Secure your streets.”
Fox News’ Peter Aitken contributed to this report.