President Donald Trump on Friday retweeted a video of an interview in which right-wing provocateur Candace Owens and right-wing commentator Glenn Beck trashed George Floyd’s character, questioning the wisdom of calling Floyd a “hero” given that he “was not a good person.”
In the interview, Owens said that it “sickens” her that Floyd “has been held up as a martyr.”
In the tweet of the interview that Beck shared and Trump later retweeted, the radio host wrote, “I don’t care WHAT George Floyd did. The officer should have never treated him like that and killed him! But we still must ask: Is he a HERO? BLEXIT founder @RealCandaceO gave her thoughts: ‘The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me.’”
It appears the president has moved on to the next phase of the George Floyd messaging. pic.twitter.com/g0HVMXR03d
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) June 6, 2020
But in the interview Beck questioned Floyd’s past. “This is a guy with a very long record and a very long criminal record,” Beck said.
Beck asked Owens whether Floyd is “the symbol of black America today.”
Owens responded affirmatively, saying that he is “a symbol of black America today” and the “broken culture” that no one wants to talk about. “The fact that he has been held up has a martyr sickens me. George Floyd was not a good person. I don’t care who wants to spin that,” Owens said.
Trump’s retweet of the video came hours after he had declared that it was a “great day” for Floyd.
“Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country,” Trump said at a Rose Garden press conference held to celebrate better-than-expected unemployment figures, numbers which The Washington Post reported had major misclassification errors.
“This is a great day for him, it’s a great day for everybody. This is a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of equality.”
Trump says he hopes George Floyd “is looking down right now and saying, ‘This is a great thing happening for our country.'”
“A great day for him, a great day for everybody. This is great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of equality.” https://t.co/UZsSRfyJCE pic.twitter.com/MeoaGEokxe
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 5, 2020
Slate notes that the retweet of Beck’s interview with Owens “came on a day in which the president broke his Twitter record as he posted 200 tweets and retweets in one 24-hour period. If the tweets had been evenly spaced out throughout the day, it would have meant the commander in chief sent a tweet or a retweet once every seven minutes and 12 seconds. His previous all-time posting record was on January 5, 2015, when he sent out 161 tweets, followed by January 22, when he sent out 142 Twitter posts at the height of the Senate impeachment trial, according to Factbase.”