Biden shreds Trump for calling Friday a 'great day' for George Floyd

Daniel Fowler
June 6, 2020

Nevertheless, he persisted: "Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that's happening for our country".

Trump said that the real recovery would kick in during 2021, insisting that the United States would be able to handle the pandemic going ahead.

One reporter asked how the economic growth could have helped George Floyd, after the president said this was a "great day" for Floyd, who died in police custody last week. It's really what our constitution requires and what our country is all about.

"This is a great, great day in terms of equality", Mr Trump said.

The president has done this with such unnerving frequency that the Washington Post's Dana Milbank got a whole column out of the phenomenon last summer, noting, "The next time you are about to ridicule something seemingly foolish that President Trump has said or forewarned: He has supernatural powers".

Reporting on President Trump's press conference Friday, several journalists and news outlets claimed the president said he hoped George Floyd is looking down from heaven and is happy about improving job numbers.

Trump: This is a great day for George Floyd.

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The Labour Department reported the country gained 2.5 million jobs in May and the unemployment rate dropped to 13.3 per cent after extremely high job losses the previous months due to the coronavirus.

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.

"The President's shameless, unconstitutional, unprovoked, and frankly criminal attack on protesters because he disagreed with their views shakes the foundation of our nation's constitutional order", ACLU Legal Director Scott Michelman said in a statement released by the civil rights group.

But unemployment among black Americans has increased by 0.1 percent and by 0.5 percent among Asian Americans.

The clip, which is a collation of photos and videos of protest marches and instances of violence in the aftermath of Floyd's death, has Trump speaking in the background and begins with the US president intoning, "I understand the pain that people are feeling".

Biden panned Trump's comments during an economic speech in Delaware.

"George Floyd's last words, 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe, ' have echoed all across this nation and quite frankly around the world", Biden said while making a counter-statement to Trump's economic numbers.

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