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Biden ‘furious’ over Trump’s call for violence against Americans in Minneapolis protests of George Floyd death

  • May 30, 2020

Former vice president Joe Biden on Friday said he is “furious” over President Donald Trump “calling for violence against American citizens” during the protests in Minneapolis over the death in police hands of a black man, George Floyd.

“Enough,” wrote Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, in a tweet thread responding to Twitter posts from Trump.

The president early Friday, after a police precinct in Minneapolis was torched by protestors, wrote on Twitter that he was willing to send the National Guard to deal with the chaos, adding: “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

At the time of Trump’s tweet, the Minneapolis National Guard had already been activated by the state’s governor, Tim Walz.

Biden said in remarks that were live-streamed on the Internet later Friday that he had spoken with Floyd’s family.

He called Floyd’s death “an act of brutality” that was just the latest in a series of injustices stemming from racism against black people, which Biden said was the “original sin” of the United States, which “still stains” the nation.

“An act of brutality so elemental, it did more than deny one more black man in America his civil rights and human rights. It denied him of his very humanity, it denied him of his life,” Biden said of Floyd.

“This is national crisis, and we need real leadership right now,” Biden said. “We need justice for George Floyd. We need real police reform.”

Biden directly thanked Floyd’s family for talking to him and said, “I promise you, I promise you, we’ll do everything in our power to see that justice is had.”

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