GOP Gov Candidate Actually Likens His State’s COVID Lockdown to George Floyd’s Murder

Politics 2020/6/5

GOP Gov Candidate Actually Likens His State’s COVID Lockdown to George Floyd’s Murder

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The Republican candidate for governor in Washington, Tim Eyman, repeatedly invoked the image of George Floyd’s death while attempting to argue that the state should lift its coronavirus-related public health restrictions. 

Speaking in a Facebook live video posted over the weekend, Eyman said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) “has his knee on the neck” of residents in the state who “he deems non-essential.” Eyman also said the remarks in an appearance in the city of Pasco on Tuesday. 

On Thursday, he did it again, several times, posting a 20-minute video embedded in a lengthy fundraising email. 

“On Facebook live this weekend and also in Pasco on Tuesday, I said that. I´m saying it again today. I´m going to keep saying it. Because it´s true.”

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Eyman’s comments represent one of the more crass political usages of Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer to date. And they come right as protests spread across the country demanding an end to systemic racism in the U.S. criminal justice system. The white police officer in the Floyd case has been charged with second degree murder for forcing his knee against his neck for almost nine minutes.

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