Trump Says He Hopes George Floyd Is ‘Looking Down’ Celebrating Good Jobs Report
President Donald Trump sparked immediate outrage on Friday morning after saying he hopes that George Floyd is “looking down right now” celebrating the decline in unemployment, adding that “this is a great day for him.”
- According to The Independent, Trump said during a morning press conference: "Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying, 'This is a great thing that's happening for our country. It's a great day for him, it's a great day for everybody. It's a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day."
- Trump’s focus on the jobs report comes as much of the country maintains focus on Floyd’s death, with protests continuing across the United states through a second week.
His remarks follow Thursday's memorial for Mr Floyd, who was killed by police on Memorial Day after an officer forced his knee on the back of his neck for nearly nine minutes while facing the ground in handcuffs.
- The Independent also noted that the decrease in unemployment — “from 14.7 per cent in April to 13.3 per cent in May” amid the pandemic — was not shared equally across demographics, with unemployment increasing by “0.1 per cent and by 0.5 per cent among Asian Americans.”
Asked how the rate of unemployment among black Americans can be considered a "victory" as it continues to increase, the president told White House reporter Yamiche Alcindor, "You are something."