America is protesting the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police. While their president remained in the White House, with the lights out. The election is months away. So what now? By Holly Beddingfield.
Washington DC is in flames.
Another black man, David McAtee, was killed by police in Louisville yesterday. The Kentucky police chief has been fired.
Protests continue in US cities, with solidarity from Europe planned for the rest of the week.
This is not going away, and until last night, President Trump kept a low profile.
Yesterday evening, President Trump finally emerged from the White House (where he was reportedly “hiding”, and the lights were out) to address the nation.
Watch below – he stood outside St John’s church, holding a bible.
“We have a great country. That’s my thoughts. This country is loyal. It’ll be greater than ever before.”
But the president’s “Make America Great Again” slogan might be on it’s way out.
In the past 3 days, Biden’s popularity in the polls increased by 21 points. He currently sits at 46% to Trump’s 37%.
This photo of him taking a knee with protesters in Delaware is being shared far and wide across the internet.
In 2016, Trump won 8% of the black vote, and 57% of the white. Race is a huge factor, and losing votes from African-Americans and white allies could push Trump out of the White House this November.
Biden is in the strongest position he’s been in so far, and the big question now is who he’ll choose as his running mate.
There’s pressure on Biden to select a black woman, particularly as Amy Klobuchar’s past as a top prosecutor in Minnesota is resurfacing.
Her criminal justice record is being questioned, as she failed to address long-running accusations of racism within the Minneapolis police force and did not bring charges against multiple offices involved in shootings.
There are two black female candidates in Biden’s shortlist: Rep Val Demings and Senator Kamala Harris. You can read more about them here.
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