4. Racial Justice and Trump
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, millions protested for racial equality and demanded police reform. But to the Democrats, Trump’s response was sorely lacking. For a half an hour, the convention gave airtime to George Floyd’s brother who remembered his brother and named several other Black Americans killed at the hands of police officers.
Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C. specifically called out Trump for clearing Lafayette Square with tearing agents so that he could walk to a nearby church and be photographed with a Bible.
“While we were peacefully protesting, Donald Trump was plotting,” Bowser said. “I knew if he did this to DC, he would do it to your city or your town, and that’s when I said enough.”
Gwen Carr, mother to Eric Garner who was also murdered by a police officer this year, called on Biden and Democrats to keep the conversation going.
“When my son was murdered, there was a big uprising, but then it settled down,” she said. “We can’t let things settle down. We have to go to the politicians. We have to hold their feet to the fire. Otherwise, the big uprising is not going to mean a lot.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders also emphasized the gravity of Trump’s leadership: “Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Trump golfs.”
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