- The protestors argue that the government has failed to listen to their cry over the years when they’ve held peaceful demonstrations.
- US President Donald Trump blames Antifa for the mayhem.
- Trump has spoken with George Floyd’s brother.
The State of Minnesota has deployed the National Guard on the streets to keep law and order as protesters, triggered by the murder of George Floyd, continue to cause havoc. Rioters have left retail stores and vehicles destroyed in their wake as they lament his racially-instigated death.
The protestors argue that the government has failed to listen to their cry over the years when they’ve held peaceful demonstrations. Of course, the destruction of property is threatening to derail the main agenda. Radical groups are apparently joining the protests and causing mayhem. As things stand, it is impossible to ignore injustices suffered by the black community in America.
This is reflected by the high number of unjustified killings that happen across the country every year. The shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, earlier his month, sparked outrage about the continued killings.
The Trump administration has barely made any attempt to quell the situation. Trump’s latest statement condemning Floyd’s killing, as well as his condolences to his family and friends, have been lost in the flurry of tweets calling upon security forces to be more aggressive when dealing with the protesters.
This is not to mention his most recent posts dismissing the protests outside the White House. He has lauded federal agents for keeping him safe against the protesters:
Great job last night at the White House by the U.S. Secret Service. They were not only totally professional, but very cool. I was inside, watched every move, and couldn’t have felt more safe.
The president’s public pronouncements reflect his aberration to the matter, even as the protests continue to grow. His focus has in recent days mostly deviated to the NASA-SpaceX launch and China. He has said that the protests are being pushed by Antifa, and are not really in the honor of George Floyd.
Trump Speaks to Floyd’s Brother
According to Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, he received a call from the president, but the conversation was transient, and the president didn’t let him speak. The following was his statement while on video call with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton:
“He didn’t give me an opportunity to even speak. It was hard. I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept, like, pushing me off, like ‘I don’t want to hear what you’re talking about.’ And I just told him, I want justice. I said that I couldn’t believe that they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight.”
He also said that he spoke with former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I asked Vice President Biden — I never had to beg a man before — but I asked him, could he please, please get justice for my brother.”
The president’s current response to the crisis is likely to impact his political standing within the black community going forward.