Former President Donald Trump said looters “should fully expect to be shot” if he gets reelected in 2024.
Trump made the remarks on Friday, while at the convention of the California Republican Party, in the wake of Philadelphia rioters going wild looting stores this week.
“I will use every everything I can, every single power at my disposal, including sending as many federal law enforcement assets as required to restore safe safety and peace,” he told the cheering audience.
“And we will immediately stop, and some people will say oh, this is so terrible, I can’t believe. You know these people killing people when they go into there.”
According to court records, Meatball, who boasts hundreds of thousands of followers across her social media platforms was charged with six felonies as well as two misdemeanors.
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Hundreds of teenagers and young adults looted multiple stores including Apple, Footlocker, and Lululemon amongst others, in Phiadelphia’s Center City on Tuesday.
The rioters were reportedly incited by a peaceful protest earlier in the day that kicked off when charges against the former police officer who shot and killed 27-year-old Eddie Irizarry were dropped.
Acting Police Commissioner John Stanford told 10 Philadelphia that the rampant looting didn’t have anything to do with the demonstration.
“This had nothing to do with the protests. What we had tonight was a bunch of criminal opportunists,” Stanford remarked.
Trump said that he has a potentially lethal solution to the dangerous problem.
“You have three hundred young people who are not looking for a good future, walk into a store, big department store and they’re just pillaging,” he warned.
“And if you happen to be there when they’re there, they will knock the hell out of you and kill you in some cases, and we will immediately stop all of the pillaging and theft,” Trump went on.
Meatball is now selling t-shirts with her mugshot. She says she was traumatized by one night in jail and blames the White man.
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“Very simply, if you rob a store, you can fully expect to be shot as you are leaving that store. Shot.”
A social media influencer named Meatball, callously livestreamed the crimes of herself and others during the riot to her almost 200,000 Instagram followers.
During her broadcast, Meatball bragged about stealing a bottle of Hennessy from a liquor store.
“Tell the police if they lock me up tonight it’s going to be lit, it’s going to be a movie! Everybody’s gotta eat!” she told fans.
Meatball was arrested along with 52 others on charges of criminal conspiracy, criminal mischief, riot and disorderly conduct, which resulted in six felonies.
Days later, 21-year-old Meatball, real name Dayjia Blackwell, told NBC Philadelphia that she regretted her actions.
“I just prefer, you know, never loot again, stay out of trouble, never go to jail,” she told a reporter.
According to the New York Post, she told her followers that she wants the felonies “expunged” from her record, though she has not yet seen the inside of a court room.
“I’m a good person. I’m a businesswoman. I don’t like it. I didn’t know this s–t would go this far,” Meatball remarked.
“I’ve never been through nothing like that in my life. I don’t even know what happened, like I need some sleep. I’m scared, I’m traumatized. Never again in my life, like seriously,” she concluded.
But the remorse didn’t last long, because as Meatball said, she’s a businesswoman, and what better way to promote her brand than a scandal? And like Trump, she’s using her mugshot to turn a profit.
Blackwell launched “Meatball Merch” on her Instagram page, which features her teary-eyed mugshot on t-shirts and hoodies.
The items, which come in black, pink, and red, go for $35 a t-shirt and $45 a hoodie.
Trump was able to turn his mugshot from his booking in Atlanta, Georgia into a huge payday, when he raised $7.1 million in campaign donations within 24 hours of posting the photo online.