President Donald Trump has consistently refused to step up to the plate and offer real leadership for the United States amidst the days of nationwide protests against police brutality. Nevertheless, other political leaders, including House Intelligence Committee Chairman and prominent House Democrat Adam Schiff (Calif.) have stepped in to help pick up some of the slack. In a video message that he released this Saturday, he urged his followers not to lose hope and insisted that those concerned about the situation in the U.S. must keep working to ensure a better future for black Americans.
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) June 6, 2020
Schiff discussed his past as a federal prosecutor, explaining how his optimism about the state of affairs in the U.S. back towards the beginning of his career has given way to a more restrained assessment of the American situation. Throughout recent years, he noted, stories of a stunning array of incidents of violence against black Americans have circulated and sparked increasingly intense outrage. One of the most recent incidents, which set off the recent protests, was the police murder of a black man named George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
‘There is so much work to be done. The crushing and suffocating reality of police brutality against black Americans is, tragically, everywhere… We must join together, not stand apart or stay silent and use our voices to lift up rather than divide. I believe in America. I believe in its ideals, and its future, even in times like this. If black Americans, who have had to endure so much have never given up hope… then who am I to lose faith?’
Schiff went on to say that his job is to “lift up and do what I can to help heal.” Check out his message below:
Black Lives Matter.
The murder of George Floyd once again displays the harsh reality of racial bias and police brutality that black Americans confront in our country.
As millions take to the streets to demand justice, I had some reflections I wanted to share: pic.twitter.com/9bVGoVYOVT
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 6, 2020
That’s the exact opposite perspective from what Trump has done recently. Trump has even threatened to send the military out into U.S. streets against protesters. Americans are continuing to demonstrate anyway — this Saturday, huge crowds turned out in Washington, D.C., itself.
Demonstrators gather at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, for a protest over the death of George Floyd.
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— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 6, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to Schiff: