Trump continues to use denigrating language to address protesters

As protesters demonstrated outside the White House, Trump went to Twitter to threaten them with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.”
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Guys, we're waking up this morning after seeing unrest from coast to coast. The country clearly at a tipping Dan. As we said, wrenching morning in America. Eva, thank you. Overnight, with those protests raging outside the white house, inside president trump was on Twitter threatening to retaliate with, in his words, vicious dogs and ominous weapons. ABC's Cecilia Vega is in Washington with more on that angle. Reporter: Dan, good morning to you. He continued to tweet late into the night, praising law enforcement, blasting the mayor of Minneapolis. As the president himself once again during the time of civil unrest in this country is under fire for stoking division. Overnight, that chaos erupting just steps from the white house. But a show of force by the president's make America great again supporters didn't happen. The president inviting those supporters to show up, tweeting, tonight, I understand is Maga night at the white house? He later denied he was stoking racial tensions. By the way, Maga love the black people. Reporter: In a tweet that critics invoked of civil rights era of sicking dogs on protesters, the president said no one came close to breaching the fence and if they had they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs and the most ominous weapons. Also in the line of fire was d.c.'s democratic mayor, not letting police intervene with protests outside the white house. That false claim was quickly contradicted not only by Washington officials but the president's own secret service, who said D.C. Police were indeed very much part of the response. What used to be heard in dog whistles we now hear from a bull horn. Reporter: While president trump said he spoke with George Floyd's family, Floyd's brother is now speaking out too saying in that conversation, he couldn't get a word in. It was so fast. He didn't give me an opportunity to speak. It was hard. He just kept pushing me off. I just told him, I want justice. We're back now with Cecilia Vega. I want to show you a headline from "The New York Times" this morning. It reads in days of discord a president fans the flames. How different is this president's leadership style from what we're used to seeing from American presidents in times of crisis? Reporter: Completely different from other presidents, Dan, not so different from what we have seen from president trump in the past. A couple of things that we have seen this week, we had that threat to shoot American citizens essentially in a tweet from the president when he said "When the looting starts, the shooting starts,"a reference to 1960s racist crackdown on black neighborhoods in Miami. In face of the widespread condemnation he started to backtrack on that. But it took 14 hours for him to do that. Cities burning across this country, the president held a rose garden event, he ended up not taking questions, he didn't address what was happening around the country. Let alone in Minneapolis. He's called these protesters mobs and thugs, and you'll go back a little bit, remember charlottesville, he said there were very fine people on both sides when we were talking about neo-nazi protesters there. What we've seen time and time again from this president, when we're talking about moments of civil unrest in this country, like what we're living through right now with great racial tension and pain from coast to coast, we've seen a president who frankly has fanned the flames. And capitalized on division rather than unity. We're at such a difficult point in American history, between this and the pandemic. Cecilia, thank you. Cecilia Vega weighing in from Washington. Dan, while many protesters

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