On Thursday, President Donald Trump was asked during an interview about the deaths of black Americans at the hands of police, even in the wake of the George Floyd situation.
“So are white people. So are white people. What a terrible question to ask,” Trump said to CBS senior correspondent Catherine Herridge when she asked the president why African Americans are “still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country.”
Herridge is a solid reporter. Her work is professional in an industry that has become difficult to trust, because most reporters today are not journalists, rather, they’re left-wing activists who pose as journalists. That’s not the case for Herridge. For Trump to respond that way shows his frustration at the false narrative that’s been pushed for years about police shootings.
“So are white people,” the president continued after describing to Herridge the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis as a “terrible” thing.
The president was simply stating a fact, and he felt he had to, because of the false narrative that’s been laid out by the Democrats. As we already know, Trump has this thing about the media lying, and they do lie every day, and so he will become a stickler about something he knows is a falsehood, and sometimes he comes across as crude, because he doesn’t have the time during an interview to get into every facet of what’s wrong with the narrative he’s trying to correct.
Trump additionally claimed more white Americans are killed each year by police than black Americans. “More white people, by the way. More white people,” he said.
Many Americans have been conditioned by liberals to automatically believe that statement would be racist. But think about it. After the death of George Floyd the argument has been made that black Americans are killed more by police. That argument has been made for many years. In fact, the Left wants you to believe that only black people are shot and killed by police. So, whenever someone makes a statement of fact that goes counter to the leftist narrative, they’re automatically labeled racist, and the outrage machine is turned on.
It’s true that more white people are shot and killed by police in America annually, with 204 losing their lives so far this year in police shootings compared to 105 African Americans, according to Statista.
As the leftist argument goes, the rate of fatal shootings in the black community is almost three times higher. So, an argument is made that black Americans are three times as likely to be killed by police than their white neighbors. But that’s looking at it proportionally, and it’s not really a good argument. You can’t say that in the black community you’re going to compare blacks being shot and killed by police to white neighbors when there are aren’t enough white neighbors to make a community. In other words, yes, of course more black people are shot by police in a black community than white people, because there are more black people in the black community who happen to be acting as criminals and putting themselves in that position. It’s just common sense.
Whereas the president previously promised to bring to justice the police officers who killed Floyd, calling his death in May a “very, very sad event,” he gets heated at the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, and the violent riots which have followed, because they’re pushing a false narrative that has real world consequences for everyone who lives in the communities they’re attacking. Take, for example, the ramifications of BLM on New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio. He bought into the narrative, and has not only defunded over a billion dollars from the NYPD budget, but he also disbanded the undercover Anti-Crime Unit, which was the most effective police squad at keeping guns off the streets. In fact, that decision has caused violent gun crimes in the city to skyrocket, so much so that black community leaders are asking the NYPD to bring back the Anti-Crime Unit.
People have to be able to face facts and not narratives. It’s the only way anything will be solved. Any person shot and killed by police is a sad event no matter how you look at it, because we’re talking about a human life. It is tragic when someone loses their life, but at the same time, we can’t continue to believe that the overwhelming majority of police shootings are because of racism. And in the rare account when it is, I think those cops should be buried underneath the prison, because we give police a wide berth of latitude in order for them to effectively protect the civil society. Break that trust, and you’ve lost the people. That’s why the Minneapolis police involved in Floyd’s death have been fired and charged with serious crimes.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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