Beyoncé Shows Trump How To Lead With Saturday Police Violence Message


Following the Minneapolis Police Department’s murder of black man George Floyd, complicated unrest has broken out around the United States, including intense demonstrations in the city where the murder happened and many other major U.S. cities. Four police officers who were involved in Floyd’s murder were fired from the local police force, but only one — Derek Chauvin, who led the violent assault — has been criminally charged. As outcry continues, the prominent pop singer Beyoncé called on the nearly 150 million people who follow her on Instagram to advocate for justice in the Floyd case. She linked to a selection of petitions via her official website that demand justice in the case.

The singer shared:

‘We need justice for George Floyd. We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain. And I’m not only speaking to people of color. If you’re white black brown or anything in between, I’m sure you feel hopeless by the racism going on in America right now. No more senseless killings of human beings, no more seeing people of color as less than human. We can no longer look away.’

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It’s a sorry day when a pop star shows more leadership than the actual current president of the United States, but here we are. While figures like Beyoncé have issued public calls for justice, President Donald Trump has hidden in the White House and tweeted random insults and threats directed towards various individuals involved in the situation. He’s repeatedly belittled Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D). For instance, this Saturday, he tweeted:

‘Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis will never be mistaken for the late, great General Douglas McArthur or great fighter General George Patton. How come all of these places that defend so poorly are run by Liberal Democrats? Get tough and fight (and arrest the bad ones). STRENGTH!’

U.S. politicians should not be mistaken for military generals, because the U.S. is not a police state, but the president does not seem to recognize this distinction. Instead, he opts to stick to ridiculous rhetoric like his apparent Saturday morning call for some of his supporters to physically confront protesters at the White House.