US President Joe Biden is currently receiving severe backlash from the African-American community over a comparison of late civil rights advocate, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to George Floyd.
Floyd was a convicted felon who was killed when a police officer, Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck during a supposed arrest on May 25, 2020.
Biden had said that Floyd’s killing had a more profound global impact than the assassination of MLK, as the revered rights advocate is affectionately known.
The comment was made in June 2020, when then-presidential candidate Biden spoke in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, weeks after Floyd’s death.
Biden, who spoke at an economic reopening roundtable, was explaining how smartphones have mobilised people all over the world to participate in the movement against police brutality.
“Even Dr. King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death did,” Biden said.
“It’s just like television changed the Civil Rights movement for the better when they saw Bull Connor and his dogs ripping the clothes off of elderly black women going to church and firehoses ripping the skin off of young kids.”
He added, “What happened to George Floyd — now you got how many people around the country, millions of cell phones.
“It’s changed the way everybody’s looking at this. Look at the millions of people marching around the world.”
I’m finna order a MAGA hat right now. pic.twitter.com/xCzvUTEn5H
— dos (@DosRivers) January 17, 2022
The video of that event is currently recirculating, ahead of MLK Day, drawing renewed criticism of the president.
An African-American man that shared the video on Twitter, @DosRivers said he would buy a MAGA hat, which is synonymous with former President Donald Trump.
More reactions soon followed:
This is who mfs disowned their families and friends for. I promise you this cracker wasnt worth it https://t.co/e3DFSJrWUx
— anthony geathers (@BrooklynsOwn90) January 17, 2022
This is the same guy who wrote the 1994 crime bill and who said "I don't want my kids growing up in a racial jungle" and "if you don't vote for me, you ain't black"…. he's been showing who he is for years.
People are finally noticing. https://t.co/FAMkZTwy2W
— AIicia (@So_Unamused) January 17, 2022
— FactsAreABitch (same on GETTR) (@FactsAreABitch) January 17, 2022
YOU CRAZY OLD MAN https://t.co/6MFvu5l09n
— Burner (@STAYMADDONTCARE) January 18, 2022
lol political fuckery https://t.co/AqUpd2Lplk
— Mr. G The Recycling Guy ♻️📡⚡🥕 (@MisterG_SHA256) January 18, 2022
You absolutely disgusting feeble dementia riddled Moron. What a totally reprehensible remark to make. https://t.co/nroT2cxTMU
— Choofty (@choofty) January 18, 2022
— NOVA Conservative (@FindSerenity27) January 18, 2022
oh this nigga dumb dumb https://t.co/9qWhCzUaQO
— K-47 (@keeyoto) January 18, 2022
Did Joe Biden accidentally unite the entire USA on one side on accident? Cause 😂 https://t.co/KalEYE7JZG
— VIN (@vincanario) January 18, 2022
MLK didn't have an impact? You freak of nature in a bio suit. You are so completely out of touch, its mind-boggling. Living in another dimension. Save yourselves. https://t.co/h33ndiQpAR
— Mysti Kissler (@mysti_b) January 18, 2022
Democrats are doing good😂 https://t.co/BubZmefx17
— CraptainFreedom (@CraptnFreedom) January 18, 2022
😂😂😂😂 Look at ya Mans put here… https://t.co/Bhbc13Sue6
— Shappa Of The 12 (@12Shappa) January 18, 2022