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Donald Trump Sparks Controversy: "Hopefully,George Is Looking Down Right Now.."
Donald Trump for the past three years,claimed that he has repeatedly claimed that he has "done more for the black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln," who abolished slavery in the 1860s.
Donald Trump Sparks Controversy: "Hopefully, George Is Looking Down Right Now.."
New Delhi: On Friday the US President Donald Trump sparked controversy, calling it a "great day" for George Floyd, the man whose death in custody last week unleashed nationwide protests over police brutality against African Americans.
Trump said of Floyd who wall was killed as a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes "We all saw what happened last week. We can't let that happen,"
"Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying, 'This is a great thing that's happening for our country.'"
The remark came eleven days after Floyd's death during a televised White House briefing and sparked confusion as to why Trump thought it was a great day for Floyd.
"This is a great, great day in terms of equality," Trump added, even as he stands accused by many of having failed to respond to the racism, police brutality, and inequalities that demonstrators are protesting.
While the rest of his was devoted to welcoming the good news on the economy, which Trump said was now in "rocket" mode.
The US President's "great day" comments were seen by many as too closely conflating Floyd's death and the day's good economic news, and as speaking on behalf of Floyd on the economy.
Whereas such interpretation was called "false" by the White House.
The White House senior communications advisor Ben Williamson on Twitter wrote "It was very clear the President was talking about the fight for equal justice and equal treatment under the law when he made this comment".
Trump brought up this theme before speaking about Floyd: "Equal justice under the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement regardless of race, color, gender or creed," he said.
Trump's presumptive Democratic opponent in the November election, Joe Biden immediately hit out at Trump for invoking Floyd's name, calling it "despicable".
"George Floyd's last words, 'I can't breathe,' have echoed across our nation and around the world," Biden tweeted.
"For the President to try to put any other words in his mouth is frankly despicable."
Donald Trump has favored a military response since Floyd's May 25 deaths and subsequent protest, which have included rioting and looting in many US cities.
Introducing himself as a "law and order" president, Trump has threatened to send the US military into the streets to quell the ongoing demonstrations.
Trump has always believed the best policy for reducing inequality is promoting economic growth among African Americans.
"What you now see... is the greatest thing that can happen for race relations, for the African American community, for the Asian American, for the Hispanic American, for women, for everything," Trump said Friday.
"Our country is so strong, and that's what my plan is. We're going to have the strongest economy in the world," he added.
Donald Trump for the past three years claimed that he has repeatedly claimed that he has "done more for the black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln," who abolished slavery in the 1860s.