Just as news broke, a 2019 tweet from Johnson resurfaced in which the PM said, "I want the criminals to be afraid, not the public" in reference to his desire to "come down hard on crime."
At the time of the tweet, the Prime Minister wrote a piece for the Daily Mailwhere he pledged to lower crime levels.
"And as the police do their work, I want them to know that they not only have the full moral, legal and political support of the Government, I also want them to have the confidence that the entire criminal justice system is on their side, because as any police officer will point out, you can’t fight crime by policing alone." Johnson wrote."
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Now as the PM faces implications for breaking the law, the pledge is coming back to bite him.
People on social media took full advantage of the tweet by quote-tweeting it and adding their agreement with Johnson's statement from 2019.
So do I.https://twitter.com/borisjohnson/status/1160568299073286147\u00a0\u2026
— Christina Patterson (@Christina Patterson)
I think today we all agree with the PM.https://twitter.com/borisjohnson/status/1160568299073286147\u00a0\u2026
— Graham Smith \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Graham Smith \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6)
I agree with Boris Johnson.https://twitter.com/borisjohnson/status/1160568299073286147\u00a0\u2026