Trump attends a strange Fox News interview after George Floyd protesters and Lincoln's 'substantial' legacy



Fox News host Harris Faulkner gave President Donald Trump every chance to appease tensions over the brutality of racist police in an interview broadcast Friday afternoon in Dallas. He was uninterested or ultimately unable to do so.


Faulkner began his interview by asking Trump if he was "the right president to unite us all, seeing everything that is happening now."

"Well, I certainly think so and I certainly hope so," Trump replied. He accused George Floyd of "mischief" on the murder of police, "unnecessary" and "mayors and governors who failed to keep things under control." "You call them protesters, you call them rioters. There are different nights, different things," he said.

After telling Trump that we were "smart enough to know the difference between the protesters and the riot" in this country, Faulkner asked the president what he thought his leaders were "protesting" and "needing."

Instead of addressing his legitimate outrage over systemic racism and police vandalism, Trump suggests that many of them are "simply unaware" of why they are on the streets. “They’re out there for a reason, maybe, but they are chasing the crowd because there are so many,” he said. Trump told Faulkner that the killing of unarmed black men and women by police was "a terrible thing" and "you know it better than anyone knows."

When Faulkner pushed him to speak directly to the protesters' concerns, he said, "I think it's shameful. "At the same time, we have incredible people in law enforcement and we have to embrace and care for them," he said.

While Trump has said he does not use “choke” police, he has expanded his use of force. "You grow and you wrestle and you fight, or you see what happens," he said. "Sometimes when you're alone and you're fighting with someone, it's tough and you meet someone in a chokehold. What are you going to do?" The police only "walk and don't start again" because they don't allow that maneuver.

"The Choxy concept is very innocent, very perfect," Trump said. "That being said, this is a very good thing. Generally speaking, it should be abolished."

"It's interesting," Faulkner replied, "when the robbery begins, the shooting begins," before asking the president about his tweet. "Why those words?" When Trump said this was an expression he had heard for years, he said, "Do you know where it came from?"

"I think it's Philadelphia. Mayor of Philadelphia," Trump said tentatively.

"No, it's from 1967," Faulkner corrected him to describe himself as the police chief in Miami. "He's breaking up and he understands what he's saying."

Instead of taking what Falconer said, Trump said to him, "It also came from a very tough mayor," referring to Philadelphia's former police chief and Mayor Frank Rizzo, who was protesting last week. Trump insisted that he did not take this tweet as a "threat", regardless of how people took it.

Trump has condemned his first major campaign rally in Tulsa to launch in Zunith since Oklahoma deliberately racist dog whistle from the coronavirus pandemic, but instead saw it as a "celebration."

"Don't think it's uncomfortable. Think of it as a celebration," he said. "It's not done for that reason, but it's an interesting date."

At another point in the chat, Trump said, "I think I've done more for the black community than any other president - and Abraham Lincoln should be treated better because he always did, even if in doubt, before you say," Mr. President, " “Trump did not elaborate more on the Lincoln heritage of what it means.

Later, Faulkner asked Trump if he could be the "President of the Peace Corps" and "Comfort-Head." Without a beat, the president said, "Yes, I think so."

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