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"Despicable": Criticism of Trump's statement about George Floyd

US President Donald Trump caused astonishment with the statement that the African American George Floyd, who was killed in a brutal police operation, would be happy about the good labor market figures. "Hopefully George looks down right now and says, 'A great thing is happening to our country," "Trump said on Friday after the unemployment rate surprisingly fell in the midst of the Corona crisis.

"This is a great day for him, this is a great day for everyone," the president continued in the White House rose garden. "This is a great, great day of equality in view." The US unemployment rate surprisingly fell to 13.3 in May. This is still a very high value, but a decrease compared to April with 14.7 percent. However, African Americans did not benefit from this improvement in the labor market: The unemployment rate for blacks rose slightly to 16.6 percent in May. When a journalist approached Trump about it, the president didn't respond.

Biden condemns Trump's statement as "despicable"

The opposition US Democrats have sharply condemned Trump's remarks on George Floyd and the labor market. Democratic presidential nominee-designate Joe Biden wrote on Twitter on Friday that Floyd's last words, "I can't breathe," had echoed across the US and around the world. "That the president is trying to put other words into his mouth is truly despicable."

George Floyd’s last words, "I can't breathe," have echoed across our nation and around the world. For the President to try to put any other words in his mouth is frankly despicable. https://t.co/8dWu78dtGP

- Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 5, 2020

The Democratic Senator Kamala Harris also sharply criticized Trump: Trump should "not put Floyd's name in his mouth" before he could say the phrase "Black Lives Matter", Harris wrote on Twitter. "The life of black people matters" is the motto of protests against police violence against African Americans - and ubiquitous after Floyd's death.

Nationwide protests

Floyd's death in a police operation in Minneapolis has sparked nationwide protests against racism and police violence. Critics accuse Trump of not addressing or even exacerbating the problem of widespread racism in the US. Trump, on the other hand, regularly asserts that since Abraham Lincoln, who abolished slavery in the 19th century, no US president has done more for African Americans than he has. He argues that promoting economic growth benefits everyone, including blacks.

Trump wants to secure a second term in the presidential election in November and win more African-American voters for himself. However, his handling of the anti-racism protests after Floyd's death has been sharply criticized. - afp