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Donald Trump Says It's A 'Good Day' For George Floyd During Press Conference

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By Clark Sparky

Donald Trump held a press conference at the White House on Friday to boast about encouraging unemployment numbers. During his speech, there was a very bizarre moment when George Floyd came up. The president did not speak specifically about the protests going on seeking social justice, but rather said he thought Floyd would be happy with the unemployment numbers.

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“Hopefully, George is looking down right and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country. It’s a great day for him, it’s a great day for everybody," Trump said.

It's just the latest in a string of controversial comments and actions the president has made about Floyd and the resulting protests. On Monday, various forces used violent tactics to clear out peaceful protestors so Trump could walk across the street and have a photo-op in front of St. John's church with a Bible.

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Just before that, Trump made a speech in the White House Rose Garden during which he called himself the "law and order president" and threatened to send the military into cities to fight its own citizens.

His own former Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis has been highly critical of Trump. In a piece published this week, Mattis said that the president is actively trying to divide Americans.

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“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us,” Mattis wrote.

He also said that Trump is using some of the strategies that the Nazis used to divide people during World War II.

"Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that 'The Nazi slogan for destroying us…was ‘Divide and Conquer.’ Our American answer is ‘In Union there is Strength.’”

Protests have raged since former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the back of Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, ultimately killing him.

Chauvin was originally charged with third degree murder and manslaughter, but that was increased to second degree murder on Wednesday.

Additionally, the three other former police officers who were involved in the incident -- Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane -- were charged with aiding and abetting a murder.

On Thursday, the first of several memorial services was held for Floyd when family and loved ones gathered in Minneapolis. There will be another public service in Floyd's hometown of Houston, Texas next week.

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