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Opinion Trump: George Floyd Is ‘Looking Down’ and Celebrating ‘This Great Day’

18:40  05 june  2020
18:40  05 june  2020 Source:   thedailybeast.com

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After President Donald Trump celebrated unexpectedly good jobs numbers on Friday, and then briefly alluded to a fight for “equal justice under the law,” he said he hoped George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes, was “looking down” and celebrating “this great day.”

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Chip Somodevilla © Provided by The Daily Beast Chip Somodevilla

The U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to 13.3 percent in May, according to government figures—however the rate for African-Americans rose to 16.8 percent, according to a report published Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest rate was for Latino workers, with 17.6 percent out of work.

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Despite this, Trump called it “a tremendous tribute to equality”—an apparent nod to both recent protests against police brutality and the return of millions of jobs that disappeared during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Equal justice under the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement regardless of race, color, gender, or creed. They have to receive fair treatment from law enforcement. They have to receive it. You also saw what happened last week. We can’t let that happen,” Trump said from the White House Rose Garden.

“Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing happening for our country. A great day for him, a great day for everybody. This is a great day for everybody. This is a great day in terms of equality."

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There were 2.5 million jobs gained in May, the biggest monthly increase ever. The president likened the unexpected return of jobs, while some of the country’s biggest states are still under partial lockdowns, to undergoing surgery with a healthy body.

“We built a tremendous thing so when it got ill, when we had a problem, we were able to cut it off, stop it just like this, keep everyone inside, keep ‘em away, together, away, uninfected, and we saved millions of lives and now we’re opening and we’re opening with a bang.”

Experts predicted the jobless rate would rise to a new high of almost 20 percent in May but it actually fell from April’s record of 14.7 percent. However, experts have pointed out that the coronavirus pandemic may have made it more difficult for statisticians to come up with a reliable unemployment figure.

Prof. Justin Wolfers from the University of Michigan said the numbers must be treated with caution as the pandemic has forced statisticians to change their methodology. “The unemployment rate is surely understated, and even the BLS agrees that in reality it’s 16 percent rather than 13 percent,” he wrote.

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Biden pays tribute to George Floyd while Trump receives police officers .
© REUTERS / Callaghan O'Hare A fresco at George Floyd where his supporters gather, this June 8, on the eve of his funeral in Houston. George Floyd's funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, in Houston, Texas. The death of this African American who was asphyxiated on May 25 in Minneapolis by a white police officer sparked outrage across the country. On Monday, Democratic candidate Joe Biden traveled to Houston to pay tribute to him while Donald Trump received police officials.

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