George Floyd Called Donald Trump’s Administration the ‘White Supremacist House,’ Sister Says

LaTonya Floyd, the sister of George Floyd, told U.K. newspaper the Daily Mirror on Thursday that her brother held strong anti-Trump political views before his death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers in May.

a man wearing a suit and tie: LaTonya Floyd, the sister of George Floyd, spoke out against President Donald Trump's reaction to the death of her brother on Thursday.

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LaTonya Floyd, the sister of George Floyd, spoke out against President Donald Trump’s reaction to the death of her brother on Thursday.

George Floyd, a Black man, died earlier this year after members of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) attempted to place him under arrest. Derek Chauvin, a white officer who has since been fired from the MPD and charged with murder, was captured on video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck. George Floyd could be heard to say “I can’t breathe” in the footage which went viral. After George Floyd’s death, protests sprang up in many U.S. cities against racism and police brutality. Some observers have accused Trump of aligning himself with groups that adhere to white supremacist ideals.

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LaTonya Floyd said that her brother “had Trump’s number. He’d speak to me of how divisive he was. In his mind, Trump didn’t live in the White House, but had made it the White Supremacist House.”

She insists the first debate proved that Trump has “never” been a good president.

“Leaders are defined by their characters, by their conviction, by their will to do what is right,” LaTonya Floyd told the Daily Mirror. “The only character Trump cares for is himself.”

Trump’s perceived hesitation to condemn the activities of far-right activists during Tuesday’s presidential debate drew criticism from both sides of the aisle. Trump specifically addressed the Proud Boys, which has been classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. “Proud Boys,” Trump said, “stand back and stand by.”

On Wednesday, Democratic nominee Joe Biden told reporters that his message to white supremacy groups was to “cease and desist. That’s not who we are. This is not who we are as Americans.”

Violent incidents during some protests over George Floyd’s death caused Trump to call for a stronger police presence in cities where looting and rioting had occurred. After referring to George Floyd’s death as a “terrible thing” during remarks in May, Trump decried protests in the city of Minneapolis as “lawless anarchy and chaos.”

Before George Floyd’s funeral, Biden personally met with the family. Although he did not attend the service, Biden did provide a video message which was played during the proceedings. Trump declined to attend.

LaTonya Floyd criticized Trump’s response to her brother’s passing, questioning why the president did not condemn George Floyd’s death. “Not once has he joined those who are hurting,” LaTonya Floyd said. “Obama would have. George Bush would have. There isn’t a president alive who would not, except Trump.”

“If Trump is voted in for another four years,” LaTonya Floyd added, “we are all going to hell.”

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Taxpayers Paid More Than $1 Million for Barriers Erected Around White House Amid George Floyd Protests

The wall that went up around the White House amid widespread protests this summer cost taxpayers more than $1 million in rental fees, according to federal spending data.

At the end of June, as protests over the death of George Floyd raged, the National Park Service (NPS), along with the Secret Service, erected “anti-scale fencing” along the perimeter of the White House. Four separate contracts—one for almost $400,000, another for $360,000, a third for $225,000, and the other for $161,000— brought the fencing initiative to almost $1.1 million.  

The fencing was widely seen as a reaction to the protests, which broke out after George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, died at the hands of Minneapolis cops.

A National Park Service spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Daily Beast, but the agency claimed previously that the fencing was not tied to the protests and was in fact part of a larger “replacement project” that began last year.  

As might be expected of a man who made the building of a wall central to his presidency, Trump likes barriers. In 2018, the Secret Service hired a Florida company to put up “barricades and fencing” in Palm Beach, where Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago resort is located. The six-month contract set taxpayers back about $17,000. Last year, the agency spent $12,000 to rent “privacy fencing and barricades needed for visits to West Palm Beach,” home of the Trump International golf resort.

Protecting the Trumps doesn’t come cheap. The Secret Service recently paid $25,000 for a pair of jet skis meant to keep the president’s family and friends safe while they swim. European jaunts by Tiffany Trump, the president’s youngest daughter, have cost Americans tens of thousands of dollars, and in 2018, First Lady Melania Trump racked up a $90,000 hotel bill during a six-hour stop in Cairo. On a day trip to Toronto the previous year, Mrs. Trump somehow managed to spend $174,000 on hotels without even staying the night. 

Before he became president, Donald Trump often complained about the costs associated with Obama family vacations. However, according to nonprofit watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the Trump family is traveling at a rate 12 times that of his predecessor’s.

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