Trump: George Floyd Is ‘Looking Down’ and Celebrating ‘This Great Day’

Politics 2020/6/5

Trump: George Floyd Is ‘Looking Down’ and Celebrating ‘This Great Day’

Chip Somodevilla

After President Donald Trump celebrated unexpectedly good jobs numbers on Friday, and then briefly alluded to a fight for “equal justice under the law,” he said he hoped George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes, was “looking down” and celebrating “this great day.” 

The U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to 13.3 percent in May, according to government figures—however the rate for African-Americans rose to 16.8 percent, according to a report published Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest rate was for Latino workers, with 17.6 percent out of work.

Despite this, Trump called it “a tremendous tribute to equality,” nodding at the return of millions of jobs that disappeared during the coronavirus pandemic before pivoting to the recent protests against police brutality.

“Equal justice under the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement regardless of race, color:#333;;"

There were 2.5 million jobs gained in May, the biggest monthly increase ever. The president likened the unexpected return of jobs, while some of the country’s biggest states are still under partial lockdowns, to undergoing surgery with a healthy body. 

“We built a tremendous thing so when it got ill, when we had a problem, we were able to cut it off, stop it just like this, keep everyone inside, keep ‘em away, together, away, uninfected, and we saved millions of lives and now we’re opening and we’re opening with a bang.”

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