On Friday during a press briefing while discussing the economy and law enforcement Donald Trump said the economy was improving. He then added that “hopefully George is looking down right now. This is a great thing that’s happening in 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.”
Reporter Yamiche Alcindor then asked how the rate of unemployment among black Americans can be considered a “victory” as it continues to rise.
“You are something,”, Trump replied.
Trump’s campaign communications director said that claims that Trump used George Floyd in regards to the economy “are wrong, purposefully misrepresented, and maliciously crafted”.
The unemployment rate in the United States declined from 14.7 percent in April to 13.3 percent in May. The decline does show improvement in some industries the unemployment rate as a whole remains higher than at any point during the financial crisis of the late 2000s. Unemployment among black Americans has increased by 0.1 percent and by 0.5 percent among Asian Americans.
“What’s happened to our country, and what you now see has been happening, is the greatest thing that can happen for race relations, for the African American community as well as Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans,” Trump claimed.
Regarding law enforcement, Trump stated that equal protection under the law “must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement regardless of race, color, gender, or creed.”
“They have to receive fair treatment from law enforcement,” Trump said before stating that he hoped Floyd would be “looking down.”
Trump’s comments about Floyd follow his claims that massive protests against police brutality in the wake of the killing of Floyd have “dishonored” his memory. Then in the next breath, he threatened protesters with violence.
Earlier this week, Trump also claimed that his administration has “done more” for black Americans than any other, citing the unemployment rate, however, black unemployment has risen to 16.8 percent under his watch.
You can listen to Trump’s speech here.