'Despicable': Outrage After Trump Declares Friday a 'Great Day' for George Floyd

Marco Green
June 6, 2020

In widely circulated video footage, a white officer was seen kneeling on Floyd's neck as Floyd gasped for air and repeatedly groaned, "I can't breathe", before passing out.

Protests have been witnessed across the US' national capital following the death of 46-year-old African American George Floyd, who was pinned to the ground and suffocated by a Minneapolis police official last month.

Trump's comments about Floyd came as he shifted from discussing a drop in the unemployment rate to say everyone deserved "equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement, regardless of race, colour, gender or creed". "They have to receive fair treatment from law enforcement". They have to receive it. We all saw what happened last week.

"Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying, 'This is a great thing happening for our country", Trump said of Floyd. "This is a great day for him. This is a great day for everybody". It's really what our constitution requires and what our country is all about. "It's a great day for everybody".

The almost four-minute clip posted on Wednesday shows images of peaceful protests while Trump speaks of the "grave tragedy" before moving to a warning about violence from "radical leftwing groups" amid scenes of unrest and looting.

CNN White House correspondent Kaitlin Collins tweeted the quote in reference to the jobs numbers, which was amplified by a retweet from CNN anchor Jake Tapper to his 2.5 million Twitter followers. The clip has more than 1.4 million views on YouTube and Facebook combined. As he has in recent days, Trump on Friday offered a sympathetic message to Floyd in one breath and lashed out at protests in his name the next.

The social media platform has been under fierce scrutiny from the Trump administration since it fact-checked Trump's tweets about unsubstantiated claims of mail-in voting fraud.

ABC News, The Associated Press, The New York Times, Business Insider, Newsweek, Bloomberg all shared similar headlines and tweets.

'It's time for him to step out of his own bunker and look at the consequences of his words and his actions, ' Biden said, slamming the president during remarks at a historically black university in Dover, Delaware.

"This shows that what we've been doing is right", he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared it was "a great day" for George Floyd as he discussed a strong jobs report for the country and efforts to bring about racial equality.

The almost four-minute-long video was a tribute from the campaign team to George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man who died in an encounter with the police late last month, according to Politico, which earlier reported the news.

But Biden hit the president for his rosy characterization of the jobs report as well, pointing out that unemployment rates among black and Latino people have continued to rise.

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