President Donald Trump has failed to inspire any kind of widespread confidence in his so-called leadership amidst the ongoing days of protests against police brutality across the United States. Rather than engaging with the protesters’ demands for greater accountability for police forces, Trump has mostly hidden away in the White House and tweeted belligerent threats to send the military after demonstrators. In contrast, this Saturday, Hillary Clinton issued a public statement calling on Americans to take the moment seriously and pledging to continue to advocate for support for causes like Black Lives Matter. That step of acknowledging and uplifting the voices of concerned Americans is something Trump seems likely to never get around to.
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
‘Against a backdrop of a pandemic that has disproportionately ravaged communities of color, we are being painfully reminded right now that we are long overdue for honest reckoning and meaningful action to dismantle systemic racism.’
Clinton called on readers to donate to an array of groups advocating for the rights and protections of black Americans. The groups that she pointed her followers to include organizations called the Collective, Color of Change, Higher Heights, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The Collective, Clinton explained, supports black candidates for roles in the judicial system, while Color of Change works to hold “corporations and elected leaders accountable in the fight to end practices and systems that unfairly hold Black people back.” Meanwhile, Higher Heights supports the elevation of black women to positions of leadership, and the NAACP’s fund “works toward racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education,” she explained.
“AGAINST ANTIFA” is a pretty tone deaf slogan on the anniversary of D Day https://t.co/n8Z2IWSrk4
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 6, 2020
In her article that she linked to from a Twitter post, Clinton summarized:
‘What we are seeing across the country right now is the power of solidarity. Many of us will never know the pain of having to sit our son or daughter down and have “the talk” about how carefully they need to act around police, because the slightest wrong move could get them hurt or even killed. But we can recognize our privilege, practice humility, and speak out against white supremacy in all its forms.’
Check it out:
Against a backdrop of a pandemic that has disproportionately ravaged communities of color, we are being painfully reminded right now that we are long overdue for honest reckoning and meaningful action to dismantle systemic racism. https://t.co/ulLKpTFSrF
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 6, 2020
Again — Trump has proven that even though he is the president of the United States, expecting him to say anything similar during this time of national crisis would likely be too much.
Check out Twitter’s response to Hillary below: