Black Twitter users went in on Donald Trump Friday after he called for the return of social activist Assata Shakur, who he deemed a “cop killer.”
“Return the fugitives from American justice!” Trump says in Miami, Fla., Friday, June 16, “including the return of the cop killer Joanne Chesimard!”
Trump, who referred to Shakur by her former name, appeared in a predominantly Cuban Miami neighborhood, CNN reported, to discuss his plans to cancel the Barack Obama administration’s policy that eased American tensions with Cuba.
Shakur, who is a member of the former Black Panther Party and the aunt of late rap icon Tupac Shakur, was convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper in 1977. Two years later, she escaped from prison before gaining asylum in Cuba.
Black Twitter users swiftly reacted to Trump’s call, which was made on what would have been Tupac’s 46th birthday.
And now Trump says he's goin after Pac's auntie in Cuba?? Announcing it on Pac's birthday? Leave Assata Shakur TF alone dude.
— Top Shotta (@CrookedIntriago) June 16, 2017
Y'all know Trump's bitch ass had no idea who Assata Shakur was before some good ole boy whispered her name in his ear. #HandsOffAssata
— Chanel 🌈 ॐ (@AwkwrdButterfly) June 16, 2017
Trump name checks Assata Shakur (calls her by her former name, Joanne Chesimard) as a dog whistle to his people. #TrumpingCuba
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 16, 2017
Cuba ~ Please keep Sister Assata Shakur safe & don't return her 2 these racists idiots. Her fight was the fight of all African Americans ✊🏽
— Ctygrl07 (@AlisonBlackwell) June 16, 2017