Trump tweets about ‘anti-police agitators in Boston’; commends police, Walsh

Thousands of counterprotesters marched down Tremont Street on Saturday afternoon.
Thousands of counterprotesters marched down Tremont Street on Saturday afternoon.(Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to weigh in on the controversial “free speech” rally that took place on Boston Common on Saturday, commending Boston police and Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

The protests to the rally — which ended early, after barely an hour — drew as many as 40,000 people to the area around Boston Common, according to Boston police.

Despite the fact that there were few arrests, and the day was largely peaceful, President Trump tweeted that there were “anti-police agitators” at the Boston events.

Trump also tweeted praise of Boston’s mayor — who has recently strongly criticized the president for his policies, actions, and words — as well as the city’s police force.


There were some skirmishes throughout the day, but the “Boston Free Speech” rally and the counterprotests that attracted thousands did not attract the same level of violence that was seen a week earlier at a rally in Charlottesville, Va.

When Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans was asked about Trump’s tweets during a late afternoon press conference, he responded, “I’m not going to get into politics here.”

As Evans was speaking, Trump continued to tweet.

Trump was also widely mocked after posting a tweet in which he misspelled the word “heal,” typing “heel” instead.