CBS News reports:
In an interview with CBS News on Tuesday, President Trump said the killing of George Floyd was “terrible” but appeared to bristle when asked why Black Americans are “still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country.”
“So are White people. So are White people. What a terrible question to ask. So are White people,” Mr. Trump told CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge at the White House. “More White people, by the way. More White people.”
Researchers have compiled statistics showing Black Americans are more likely to die at the hands of law enforcement than White people. One study published in 2018 found that Black men are roughly 3.5 times more likely to be killed by law enforcement than White men.
“What a terrible question to ask” — Donald Trump reacts to George Floyd’s killing by suggesting to CBS that systemic racism is a myth because more white people are killed by cops than blacks people (nevermind that a much higher percentage of black people are) pic.twitter.com/dhnHNh4irS
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 14, 2020
Jake Tapper, after CNN plays clip of Trump loudly complaining that “more white people” get killed by police than African Americans.
“All part of his campaign of racial grievance for white people.” pic.twitter.com/OPqHUJ4DYv
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 14, 2020