President Donald Trump had a disgusting reply after being asked about the astonishing number of black people being wrongly killed by police in this country.
Mass protests against racial injustice and police brutality are still ongoing across the nation in response to the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. In response to the protests, changes are being made as lawmakers, businesses, Hollywood and major sports organizations take action.
But Trump continues to resist the call for action, preferring to attack the protesters instead and defend racist symbols such as the Confederate flag.
On Tuesday, a CBS reporter asked Trump about wrongful killing of black people by police.
“You said George Floyd’s death was a terrible thing,” CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge began. “Why are African Americans still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country?”
Trump responded with a false equivalency and a lie.
“And so are white people,” Trump said. “So are white people. What a terrible question to ask. So are white people. More White people, by the way. More White people.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
President Trump tells @CBS_Herridge that “more White people” are dying at the hands of police than Black people. Watch excerpts on CBSN, more tonight on @CBSEveningNews and tomorrow on @CBSThisMorning https://t.co/NeBLT0LG0p pic.twitter.com/XIwyARJBBl
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 14, 2020
In fact, statistics show that black people are more likely to be shot and killed by police than white people. A 2016 study revealed that three times as many black people are killed by police than white people. And even if more white people were being killed by police as Trump claims, shouldn’t he be doing something about it anyway?
Adding insult to injury, Trump went on to defend the Confederate flag.
“Well, people love it and I don’t view — I know people that like the Confederate flag and they’re not thinking about slavery,” he said.
Trump also said he believed flying the Confederate flag was an issue of freedom of speech. When pressed, the president said: “Well, people love it and I don’t view — I know people that like the Confederate flag and they’re not thinking about slavery.”https://t.co/GLhLtdtwYq
— Grace Segers (@Grace_Segers) July 14, 2020
It doesn’t matter what people who support the Confederate flag are thinking. It only matters why it was flown and how people of color feel about it. The Confederate flag is a symbol of slavery and a reminder that the South started and fought the Civil War and killed Americans to keep slavery legal. The flag has been used repeatedly to taunt people of color and symbolize white supremacy. If Trump can’t understand that, then he should not be president.
Clearly, Trump does not care about people of color. He only cares about his base of racist white voters. And this interview proved it beyond a shadow of a doubt.
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