Trump says George Floyd is ‘looking down’ in awe of economy, draws outrage

When asked what he would do to address race relations in America, the president pivoted to his favorite topic -- the economy

President Donald Trump believes a thriving economy will put an end to police violence and heal race relations in America. 

While speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden at the White House about George Floyd, Trump was asked what he will do to address these specific issues. Instead of getting into details, he boasted about creating the greatest economy in the world. 

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Alice Ollstein, Health Care Reporter on Capitol Hill for POLITICOPro, noted on Twitter that when “Reporters press him on how that would have helped George Floyd. He does not answer.”

Instead, Trump responded that Black people have to receive “fair treatment” from law enforcement.

White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor reported on Twitter that the president said, “… Hopefully George Floyd is looking down and feeling good about what’s happening .. It’s a ‘great day’ for him.”

User @danzu72 replied to her tweet with, “So Black people have to literally give up our lives for change? The world failed George Floyd. He should be holding his daughter, not “looking down” at anybody.”

The reporters live blogging from the presser weren’t the only ones shocked by the president’s pearl-clutching words. Several Twitter users also expressed their outrage over the remark.

When CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta tweeted Trump’s statement, one of his followers commented, “You demented sick person @realDonaldTrump for connecting a job report to the MURDER of George Floyd.

One person remarked, “Trump’s MENTAL HEALTH needs to be THE national topic of discussion He continually exhibits shocking behavior. We can’t be desensitized He is unfit to be the #POTUS and needs to be removed.”

Another commenter retweeted Trump’s quote and said, “I rarely curse on Twitter.. but what the actual f*ck is wrong with this human being and the people who support him??”

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