Baltimore Mayor Apologizes for Calling Rioters 'Thugs'

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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tweeted yesterday that she misspoke out of frustration

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is apologizing for some comments that got her in hot water earlier this week.

On Monday, shortly after riots began erupting across the city, Rawlings-Blake condemned the mostly schooled-aged participants at a press conference, referring to them as "thugs."

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"It is very clear that there's a difference between what we saw last week between the peaceful protests and the thugs, who only want to incite violence and destroy our city," she said. "I'm a life-long resident of Baltimore. Too many generations have spent their lives building up this city to have it destroyed by thugs, who, in a very senseless way, are trying to tear down what so many have fought for."

After facing multiple critics, who said that her use of the word "thug" was simply a replacement for the n-word, the mayor took to Twitter this afternoon to issue an apology.

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"I wanted to clarify my comments on 'thugs,'" she tweeted. "When you speak out of frustration and anger, one can say things in a way that you don't mean."

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