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The Daily BeastMay 29, 2020
Trump Fears The Minnesota Chaos Makes Him Look Weak
Stephen Maturen/GettyThe coronavirus pandemic stole from President Donald Trump his most prized political possession: a booming U.S. economy. Now racial unrest in Minnesota threatens to steal his second-most-prized one: an image of power and stability that he can project to supporters and adversaries alike.

Hours into a spate of destruction and arrests in Minneapolis after the police killing of an unarmed black man, Trump was already threatening to send in the National Guard and warning that "looters" in the city would be shot—employing a phrase popularized by a former Miami police chief famous for "tough-on-crime" policies that targeted citizens of color.

Trump walked back the latter statement a few hours later, saying he only meant that looters could end up shooting people, not that they should be shot. "I've heard that phrase for a long time. I don't know where it came from or where it originated," he declared later. "I wouldn't know a thing like that."

Read more at The Daily Beast.

CNN PoliticsMay 29, 2020
Trump says he's spoken to George Floyd's family
President Donald Trump said Friday that he's spoken to the family of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis earlier this week.

What Trump, Biden and Obama Said About the Death of George Floyd (New York Times Politics)

New York Times PoliticsMay 29, 2020
Watch Joe Biden's Remarks on the Death of George Floyd
"It's time for us to face that deep open wound we have in this nation," Mr. Biden said. "We need justice for George Floyd."

Politics - U.S. HouseMay 29, 2020
Congress Plans Hearings on Racial Violence and Use of Force by the Police
A top Democrat said the House would likely weigh a federal chokehold ban as leaders in the House and Senate announced hearings on race and policing.

Reuters PoliticsMay 29, 2020
Democrats want interviews with Trump admin officials over watchdog firing
U.S. Democratic lawmakers said on Friday they want to conduct closed-door interviews with officials from President Donald Trump's administration about the surprise firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, and release transcripts to the public.

The Daily BeastMay 29, 2020
Twitter Conceals Trump and White House's Threats to Minneapolis Protesters for ‘Glorifying Violence'
Reuters / Jonathan ErnstTwitter hid a tweet from President Trump early Friday that the social media site said broke its rules on "glorifying violence," then concealed the same tweet again when it was later reposted from the official White House account.

The tweets in question directly threatened demonstrators after a chaotic third day of protests against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Demonstrators are demanding action over the death of the 46-year-old unarmed black man after shocking video footage showed a white police officer kneeling on his neck.

Late Thursday, they took over the Minneapolis Police Department's third precinct and set the building ablaze.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Huffington Post PoliticsMay 29, 2020
Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner: George Floyd's Death Was 'A Murder'
"I don't want to prejudice this from a criminal perspective, but I'm just calling it what I see it," John Harrington said.

Washington Post PoliticsMay 29, 2020
Supreme Court won't intervene in Louisiana prisoner's coronavirus complaint
Appeals court said he had not shown that officials were indifferent to the threat.

Yahoo PoliticsMay 29, 2020
Former Justice Department official says Trump is 'basically calling for the shooting of protesters'
Vanita Gupta, head of the department's Civil Rights Division in the Obama administration, said the Minneapolis Police Department was on her "radar" during her tenure.

Huffington Post PoliticsMay 29, 2020
Barack Obama Responds To George Floyd's Death: 'This Shouldn't Be Normal'
The former president said he feels the same anguish that millions of others do over the killing of another unarmed Black man.

Obama speaks out on George Floyd's death: ‘This shouldn't be normal in 2020 America' (Fox Politics)

Politics - U.S. SenateMay 28, 2020
Millions Relying on Pandemic Aid Can See Its End, and They're Scared
Emergency programs have cushioned the shutdown's impact on workers and businesses and lifted the economy, but may not outlast the coronavirus crisis.

The Daily BeastMay 28, 2020
Don Lemon Erupts: ‘No One Wants to Hear From the Birther-In-Chief' on George Floyd
CNN anchor Don Lemon unloaded on President Donald Trump after the Justice Department said Thursday that the president was "actively monitoring" the investigation of four Minneapolis police officers over the death of an unarmed black man, exclaiming that nobody "wants to hear from the Birther-in-Chief."

During a press conference late Thursday afternoon, local and federal investigators insisted that they "can't rush" bringing charges for the death of George Floyd, who was pronounced dead after an officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. With protests raging across the country, U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald said the investigation was a "top priority" for the feds before adding that Trump and Attorney General William Barr were paying high attention to the case.

Moments after the presser wrapped up, Lemon blew up over MacDonald invoking the president in this particular situation, bringing up a number of incidents Trump has been involved in over the years that have widely been seen as racist.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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