Thousand for the past weeks have taken to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer after footage showed Floyd begging for his life severally with his face down on the pavement as a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck.
President Donald Trump during a press briefing declared that it was a “great day” for Floyd and a “great day in terms of equality.”
“Equal justice under the law must mean every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement regardless of race, color, gender or creed,” Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden. “They have to receive fair treatment from law enforcement. We all saw what happened last week. We can’t let that happen,” he continued, referencing Floyd’s death. “Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country. This is a great day for him, it’s a great day for everybody. This is a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of equality.”
The comment drew criticism from thousands. NBA star Stephen Jackson who grew up with Floyd in Houston’s Third Ward has now called out Trump for the comment, demanding that he shouldn’t speak on Floyd’s name, also promising that president Trump will no be in the white house come November.
“Hey, this message is for Donald Trump. This message is for you,” Jackson said in a video posted on Instagram. “Do not speak on my brother’s name. I’m making you a promise: You will not be in the White House come November. You will not be re-elected, I’m telling you now. See how the whole world stood together? Arm to arm, race to race, everybody standing for love? Fifty states, 18 countries. That’s what me and my brother Floyd did.”
He continued: “So, we coming to get you out the White House, Donald Trump. Don’t speak on my brother’s name. That damn sure wasn’t a compliment. Just know, the 18 countries and 50 states that protested, we’re coming to get you out the White House. Stay tuned.”
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