Large-scale protests again broke out in Minneapolis and (newly) New York’s Union Square on Thursday in response to he death of George Floyd, a black man who was seen on video pinned at the neck by a white police officer screaming “I can’t breathe!” Floyd later died.
Local officials sought to calm the unrest at a press conference on Thursday. Attorney for state of Minnesota Erica MacDonald, said the U.S. Department of Justice has made the investigation into Floyd’s death a “top priority,” asked for patience with the process and said that President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr were ‘directly and actively” monitoring the case.
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CNN’s Don Lemon was not having any of it. The host called out officials in Minneapolis and especially in DC in a scathing monologue on Thursday.
“As long as we’re being honest,” Lemon began, “nobody wants to hear from the White House or the attorney general right now.”
Lemon then rolled through a laundry list of what he saw as President Trump’s race baiting:
“No one wants to hear from the man who wanted the death penalty to come back for the [black and innocent] Central Park Five.”
“No one wants to hear from the man who claimed that the former president [Obama] wasn’t born in the United States.”
“Nobody wants to hear from the man who said there were very fine people on both sides [in Charlottesville].”
“No one wants to hear from the person that they perceive as contributing to situations like this in our society — not directly, but allowing people like that to think that they can get away from this.”
“No one wants to hear from the Birther-in-Chief and the ‘sons of bitches’-calling person.”
Watch his monologue below.
— Aray Michael Aromaz (@ArayAromaz) May 28, 2020
Lemon’s name was quickly a top trend on Twitter as both supporters and detractors shared the 49-second video.
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