Donald Trump On George Floyd: White People Are Being Killed By Police Too

President Donald Trump was asked in an interview Tuesday about the death of George Floyd, and his ongoing feelings about Black people dying at the hands of police. He responded by calling the question terrible and arguing that police actually kill more white people — a misrepresentation of the actual statistics.

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US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 14, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

In a CBS interview, Trump repeated a common white supremacist talking point. When asked why Black people are still dying at the hands of police, he responded, “So are White people. So are White people. What a terrible question to ask. So are White people.”

Like many facts pulled from statistical data, this is deliberately misleading. US News looked at a compilation of data last month, and noted that about a third of people killed by police over a period between 2013 and 2019 were Black — but the U.S. Census says less than 15% of the population is Black, which makes the number of Black Americans killed by police disproportionate.

The data also shows that a larger percentage of Black individuals killed by police were unarmed than in any other racial group. Further, only about 1% of the officers responsible for these deaths are ever charged with a crime, and an even smaller number are convicted.

In the same interview, Trump defended the Confederate flag, saying it’s not about slavery, and he would not directly answer whether he would be okay with it being displayed at his rallies. Trump has continued to speak in support of monuments to the Confederacy, and threatened severe consequences for the removal thereof.

Trump did not address whether he thinks that the deaths of people, of any and all races, at the hands of law enforcement, is something that warrants intervention of any kind.

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