Donald Trump has shared a video of an interview featuring conservative activist Candace Owens. In the interview, Owens describes George Floyd as “a symbol of a broken culture in black America today” and goes on to insist that “he was not a good person.”
Floyd, a black man, was killed last month after a Minneapolis police officer restrained him by placing his knee on his neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd’s death at the hands of a white police officer sparked protests against racism and police brutality across the country.
The Black Lives Matters movement runs into its 12th day as protests continue calling for the end of systemic racism, Owens stated that she was ‘sickened’ by the “fact that he [Mr. Floyd] has been held up as a martyr.”
Owens made the comments while appearing on Glenn Beck’s radio show. Beck tweeted out the interview and Donald Trump retweeted Beck’s post.
“George Floyd was not a good person. I don’t care who wants to spin that, I don’t care how CNN wants to make you think that he had just turned his life around,” Owens stated.
I don't care WHAT George Floyd did. The officer should have never treated him like that and killed him! But we still must ask: Is he a HERO? BLEXIT founder @RealCandaceO gave her thoughts: "The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me." pic.twitter.com/0Tm47x5Cc8— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) June 4, 2020
Owens stated that Floyd had served five stints in jail.
“Was he really going to turn things around? It’s just not true,” she added.
In posting the interview to his Twitter account, Beck said: “I don’t care WHAT George Floyd did. The officer should have never treated him like that and killed him! But we still must ask: Is he a HERO?”
Trump retweeted the post without comment.