President Donald Trump sparked outrage on Friday after saying that George Floyd was having a "great day" in the wake of nationwide protests over his killing.
"George is looking down right now and saying 'this is a great thing happening for our country,'" the president said. "It’s great day for him, a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of equality. It’s really what our constitution requires and what our country is about."
Trump says he hopes George Floyd "is looking down right now and saying, 'This is a great thing happening for our co… https://t.co/aD7ysl7o6u— CBS News (@CBS News)1591369333.0
Trump's remark came just one day after hundreds of mourners attended an emotional memorial service for Floyd, who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
The comment quickly sparked a backlash on Twitter:
@atrupar #GeorgeFloyd was murdered by #DerekChauvin a man who was seen cheering #Trump on at a #MAGA rally.… https://t.co/OCWRoF74iE— Kisha (@Kisha)1591369482.0
For a second I thought he was talking about George Washington, because I honestly can’t believe he would say someth… https://t.co/6UaFYFnOwB— Tom Maxwell (@Tom Maxwell)1591369176.0
Trump, proving yet again to be the shameless, capitalist garbage demon that he is: "Hopefully George [Floyd] is loo… https://t.co/lPkJfLpL78— Seth Plattner (@Seth Plattner)1591369296.0
@GabbyOrr_ Trump* needs to remove George Floyd’s name from his filthy mouth.— Mike Day (Mask Wearer/Distance Keeper) (@Mike Day (Mask Wearer/Distance Keeper))1591369547.0
@ddale8 How dare Trump think he can say nothing yesterday, the day of George Floyd's funeral -- yet bring that poor… https://t.co/7MmE2K3qg1— YouroldEnglishteacher (@YouroldEnglishteacher)1591369517.0
Just for the record, since @realDonaldTrump brought it up and related it too George Floyd being happy in heaven, th… https://t.co/8iefyOg3ej— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart)1591369502.0
Did President @realDonaldTrump actually just say it’s a great day for #GeorgeFloyd??— Karma Wears A Mask 😷 (@Karma Wears A Mask 😷)1591369514.0
What the fuck? If anything, Trump should have stated "George Floyd is looking down on the people who are working… https://t.co/N4cwAQJbBj— Thoughts Of Truth ⤴️ (@Thoughts Of Truth ⤴️)1591369491.0
@wyche89 If Trump has no problem disrespecting God and his word, we should not be shocked by him disrespecting the… https://t.co/tzNDQoi5Xn— Alvin N. Conteh (@Alvin N. Conteh)1591369895.0