Sep 19, 2019

Third instance of Justin Trudeau in blackface surfaces

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Photo: Arindam Shivaani/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Global News published a video on Thursday showing Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau smiling and gesturing with dark makeup covering his face, arms and legs. It is not clear when or where the video was taken.

Why it matters: The video is the 3rd instance of Trudeau wearing racist dress to surface in 12 hours and a month before he faces an Oct. 21 general election and a referendum on his first term.

Context: TIME Magazine on Wednesday published a yearbook photo of Trudeau wearing brownface at an "Arabian Nights" party in 2001 when he was 29.

  • He apologized on Wednesday and revealed that he also wore blackface and sang the Jamaican folk song "Day O" in a high school talent show.

The big picture: Trudeau, who championed Canada's diversity throughout his tenure, will face backlash for these past actions on top of an on-going ethics scandal and unfulfilled expectations.

  • Polls show his Liberals neck and neck with the opposition Conservatives.

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Twitter: Trump's Minnesota tweet violated rules on violence

Twitter said Friday morning that a tweet from President Trump in which he threatened shooting in response to civil unrest in Minneapolis violated the company's rules. The company said it was leaving the tweet up in the public interest.

Why it matters: The move exacerbates tensions between Twitter and Trump over the company's authority to label or limit his speech and, conversely, the president's authority to dictate rules for a private company.

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Trump threatens to "assume control" of Minneapolis over unrest

Flames from a nearby fire illuminate protesters standing on a barricade in front of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis on Thursday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump threatened via Twitter early Friday to send the national guard to Minneapolis following three days of massive demonstrations and unrest in the city over George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody this week.

Details: "I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right," Trump tweeted after a police station was torched by some protesters.

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In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

Protesters cheer as the Third Police Precinct burns behind them on in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Cheering protesters set a Minneapolis police station on fire Thursday night in the third night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city, per AP.

The state of play: Minnesota's governor on Thursday activated the state's national guard following violent outbreaks throughout the week, as the nation waits to see if the officers involved will be charged with murder.