Chris Palmer, a former ESPN reporter, was criticized for a rapid change in tune when he went from celebrating the George Floyd riots one day to complaining about them being in his neighborhood two days later, as reported by Breitbart.
In a since-deleted tweet, Palmer shared a photo of the seven-story housing development that was burned to the ground in a massive blaze in Minneapolis, with the caption “Burn that shit down. Burn it all down.”
But in another tweet just days later, Palmer reported that rioters had “attacked our sister community down the street,” being beaten back by police before they “destroyed a Starbucks” and ended up right outside Palmer’s building. He ended the tweet by calling the rioters “animals” and telling them to “go back to where you live.”
When faced with proof of blatant hypocrisy, Palmer doubled down in response to a user who said “You can’t be up with the chaos one minute then when it’s at your door you switch up,” saying “You better damn well believe I am.”
The riots that broke out following the death of George Floyd have expanded across the country, resulting in thousands of businesses burned as well as thousands of arrests. President Trump declared on Sunday that Antifa, the far-left group behind most of the riots, will be designated as a domestic terrorist organization.