US President Donald Trump on Friday celebrated a better-than-expected unemployment report by saying “it’s a big day” for George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man whose death in custody has sparked protests in nationwide and reinvigorated calls for racial hatred. Justice.
The president declined to present any kind of plan to improve race relations in the United States and shut down questions from reporters who asked about the matter at what was billed as a press conference at Rose Garden in the White House.
“Equal justice before the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement, regardless of race, color, sex or creed,” Trump told the assembled media in looking at the prepared notes. “They must receive fair treatment from law enforcement.”
He continued, looking up from his notes, âWe all saw what happened last week. We cannot let this happen. Hopefully George looks down right now and says “This is a big thing happening for our country”. It’s a big day for him, it’s a big day for everyoneâ¦ It’s a big, big day in terms of equality.
The remark came a day after a memorial service to celebrate Floyd’s life and after a 10th consecutive night of racial injustice protests across the United States. to celebrate a jobs report in May that showed a 1.4 percentage point drop in the unemployment rate, a much stronger performance for the US economy than was widely expected.
Floyd was killed on Memorial Day after being cornered by a Minneapolis policeman who held his knee to Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. The fatal encounter, captured on video, shows Floyd and citizen passers-by screaming for help. Floyd can be heard on the video yelling “I can’t breathe” before going unconscious.
The officer who pinned Floyd faces a second degree murder charge while three other officers who helped detain the 46-year-old have been charged with aiding and abetting. The case also sparked separate state and federal civil rights inquiries.
Floyd’s death sparked protests around the world and his last words became a rallying cry for protesters who took to the streets to protest the police killings of black Americans and call for an end to systemic racism.
Trump has come under huge criticism for his response to the protests, especially his administration’s decision to wipe out seemingly peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square with chemical irritants and flash grenades so Trump can walk from Home Blanche at a nearby church for a photo shoot with a Bible. The president humbled local leaders for their response to protests, which at times turned into riots, prompting them to use their national guards to “rule the streets,” a phrase the president repeated on Friday.
The president called the protesters “terrorists” in a letter posted on Twitter Thursday evening. The White House, around which some of the country’s most heated protests have been concentrated, has become a veritable fortress in recent days with new barriers erected in the past 72 hours to isolate it from the protests.
At the White House on Friday, the president attempted to ignore questions from PBS correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, a black journalist he has clashed with on several occasions, as she asked why Trump had not presented any plan to respond to protesters’ complaints about systemic racism in the United States. States.
The president refused to answer shouted questions as he sat down to sign a law directing additional coronavirus relief funds to the hotel and restaurant industries, raising a finger to his lips to silence journalists asking him why he had not announced a plan to fight systemic racism in the United States
“I would like to sign this bill,” he said, calling the economic growth he helped sustain during his tenure as “the greatest thing that can happen to race relations.”
âBecause our country is so strong, and that’s what my plan is,â he continued. “We are going to have the strongest economy in the world.”
He ignored follow-up questions from Alcindor and other reporters, who asked if Trump thought a stronger economy would protect Floyd.
With the Rose Garden otherwise silent when Trump signed the legislation, Alcindor pointed out that while the overall unemployment rate in the United States had declined, unemployment among African Americans rose 0.1%. White workers, by comparison, saw unemployment drop almost 2 percentage points from the previous month.
“You are something,” Trump told her, waving his wrist disdainfully. Vice President Mike Pence then launched a round of applause from the officials gathered on stage, bringing the event to a close.