Trump On Black Americans Killed By Police: “So Are White People”

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President Trump responded to George Floyd’s killing by saying that white people are also killed by law enforcement.

During an interview with CBS News’ Catherine Herridge on Tuesday, President Trump stated that the killing of George Floyd was “terrible” but reacted negatively when asked why Black Americans are “still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country.”

  • Trump replied: “So are White people. So are White people. What a terrible question to ask. So are White people. More White people, by the way. More White people.”
  • Statistics show Black Americans are more likely to die at the hands of law enforcement than White people. One study from 2018 found that Black men are about 3.5 more likely than White men to be killed by the police. More recently, Harvard researchers found that Black people were three times more likely to be killed by law enforcement than White Americans.

Despite critics accusing Trump of appealing to white supremacists, Trump said he believed the debate over the Confederate flag is a freedom of speech issue. “All I say is freedom of speech. It's very simple. My attitude is freedom of speech. Very strong views on the Confederate flag. With me, it's freedom of speech. Very simple. Like it, don't like it, it's freedom of speech.”

  • Trump said, “I know people that like the Confederate flag and they’re not thinking about slavery.”
  • The president also criticized Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only Black full-time driver, claiming that Wallace ought to apologize for an incident involving a noose in his garage stall in Alabama.

“I just think it's freedom of speech, whether it's freedom of speech, whether it's Confederate flags or Black Lives Matter or anything else you want to talk about. It's freedom of speech,” Trump said.

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