LaTonya Floyd, the sister of George Floyd, told U.K. newspaper the Daily Mirror on Thursday that her brother held strong anti-Trump political views before his death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers in May.
George Floyd, a Black man, died earlier this year after members of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) attempted to place him under arrest. Derek Chauvin, a white officer who has since been fired from the MPD and charged with murder, was captured on video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck. George Floyd could be heard to say “I can’t breathe” in the footage which went viral. After George Floyd’s death, protests sprang up in many U.S. cities against racism and police brutality. Some observers have accused Trump of aligning himself with groups that adhere to white supremacist ideals.
LaTonya Floyd said that her brother “had Trump’s number. He’d speak to me of how divisive he was. In his mind, Trump didn’t live in the White House, but had made it the White Supremacist House.”
She insists the first debate proved that Trump has “never” been a good president.
“Leaders are defined by their characters, by their conviction, by their will to do what is right,” LaTonya Floyd told the Daily Mirror. “The only character Trump cares for is himself.”
Trump’s perceived hesitation to condemn the activities of far-right activists during Tuesday’s presidential debate drew criticism from both sides of the aisle. Trump specifically addressed the Proud Boys, which has been classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. “Proud Boys,” Trump said, “stand back and stand by.”
On Wednesday, Democratic nominee Joe Biden told reporters that his message to white supremacy groups was to “cease and desist. That’s not who we are. This is not who we are as Americans.”
Violent incidents during some protests over George Floyd’s death caused Trump to call for a stronger police presence in cities where looting and rioting had occurred. After referring to George Floyd’s death as a “terrible thing” during remarks in May, Trump decried protests in the city of Minneapolis as “lawless anarchy and chaos.”
Before George Floyd’s funeral, Biden personally met with the family. Although he did not attend the service, Biden did provide a video message which was played during the proceedings. Trump declined to attend.
LaTonya Floyd criticized Trump’s response to her brother’s passing, questioning why the president did not condemn George Floyd’s death. “Not once has he joined those who are hurting,” LaTonya Floyd said. “Obama would have. George Bush would have. There isn’t a president alive who would not, except Trump.”
“If Trump is voted in for another four years,” LaTonya Floyd added, “we are all going to hell.”
Newsweek reached out to the Trump re-election campaign for comment.
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