President Donald Trump has decreed police violence against black people in the United States, saying that “more whites” are killed by police officers.
During an CBS News interview aired on Tuesday, the Republican president was asked why black people are still dying at the hands of law enforcement.
“And there are so many blondes, so many blondes. What a terrible question to ask. So blondes. More blondes by the way. More blondes,” Trump responded.
According to an analysis by the Washington Post, updated on Monday, nearly half of those killed by police are white, while 23 percent are black. But black Americans, who account for only 13 percent of the population, are shot at an proportionless rate compared to white Americans, who make up 60 percent of the population, according to the analysis.
On May 25, the murder of 46-year-old George Floyd, a black American man, while in police custody in Minneapolis led to protests across the US under the banner of the Black Lives Matter movement and police violence against black people. .
Reacting to Trump’s remarks, Jeffrey Robinson of the American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement that his comments were racist.
Robinson said Trump’s answer “not only ignores the fact that Black and Brown people per capita have been killed asymptotically by police, it provides the basis for dangerous and unconstitutional police practices that result in regular Blacks People are killed “.
“Trump’s racism is so absolute that he continues to deny a silent acceptance of the police epidemic of violence against black people in America,” he said, accusing him of “using violence and for black communities As a white as a victim – the domineering dog whistles before the upcoming election ”.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump defended the police departments, saying “they do an incredible job”, adding: “You have any industry, any business, any business, like Someone can be a wicked, terrible cop. “
Already accused of not taking a clear stance against systemic racism and police vandalism, Trump has intensified his rhetoric against the Black Lives Matter movement in recent weeks, focusing his comments on violence that led to peaceful demonstrations. Sometimes breaks down during.
Recent nationwide protests have prominently linked the long-running debate about the flight of the Confederate flag to parts of the country and whether statues honoring Confederate leaders during the American Civil War should be removed from public view .
Asked by CBS whether the flag should be “taken down”, Trump replied: “I know people like the Confederate flag, and they are not thinking about slavery.”
He said: “Very simple. Don’t like it, it’s freedom of speech.”
In another interview with the conservative Townhall Media Network, Trump defended a white couple captured in a widely shared video as they posed in front of his home in downtown St. Louis during a demonstration against racial injustice Were branding.
Trump claimed that Mark and Patricia McCloskey were “going to be beaten up badly, if they were lucky” and said their house was “completely ransacked and probably burned down”. They didn’t do it. .
“And now I consider someone local, they want to prosecute these people. It’s a disgrace,” he said.