Biden Says He Spoke With George Floyd's Family, Calls On Nation To Demand Change
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he has spoken with the family of George Floyd, who died this week after an encounter with Minneapolis police, and called upon the nation to demand change on the issue of police brutality against African Americans.
According to Axios, Biden said during a livestream that "none of us can stay silent. None of us can hear the words 'I can't breathe' and do nothing."
The news outlet noted that Biden’s livestream “had the look and sound of an address to the nation” and came just before President Donald Trump was set to deliver remarks on the situation.
Late Thursday night, Trump tweeted that “protesters in Minneapolis were ‘thugs’ who were ‘dishonoring’ Floyd's memory, and he warned that ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts.’”
Biden said Friday that Floyd’s relatives are "a close, decent, honorable family loving one another.”
He also said: "One of the things everyone must be able to do: Breathe. The original sin of this country still remains today, and sometimes we manage to overlook it. We just push forward with a thousand other tasks in our daily life, but it's always there."
Biden went on to mention “other black Americans who've died at the hands of police recently, including Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky,” Axios reported.
The Democrat “implored white Americans to consider systemic injustices against African Americans more broadly,” saying:
"Imagine if every time your husband or daughter, son or wife left the house and you feared for their safety from bad actors and bad police. Imagine if you have to have that talk about not asserting their rights, taking the abuse given to them, just so they could make it home."