Pink slams 'coward' and 'racist' Trump's response to George Floyd protests: 'I can't wait to vote you out'
Pink is slamming President Donald Trump’s response to the George Floyd death protests.
Reacting to the president’s tweet calling for “LAW & ORDER!” — as well as the news that he sheltered in a White House bunker amid the D.C. protests — the singer called him “a coward,” “a racist” and “like everything else you’ve ever attempted in your life, A COMPLETE AND UTTER FAILURE.”
She went on to say she can’t wait to vote him out in the November election, adding, “Maybe you’ll see the results from your baby bunker.”
You’re a coward and a racist and just like everything else you’ve ever attempted in your life, A COMPLETE AND UTTER FAILURE. I can’t wait to vote you out in November. Maybe you’ll see the results from your baby bunker https://t.co/YL12ogOsfD
— P!nk (@Pink) June 1, 2020
On Instagram, Pink has shared many posts over the last few days about Floyd being killed while in police custody in Minneapolis last week. One was a photo of presidential hopeful Joe Biden taking a knee with protestors in Delaware. Originally posted by Alyssa Milano, it was captioned, “While Trump was hiding in a bunker, Joe Biden was protesting.”
Biden has urged peaceful protests, as many in big cities across the U.S. have turned dangerous with violence, arrests and looting. In contrast, Trump has threatened the use of federal forces to “step in and do what has to be done” including “using the unlimited power of our military and many arrests.” (Trump railed about Biden’s reaction on Twitter Monday.)
On Monday, former President Barack Obama shared an essay on how Americans can to use this moment to “bring about real change." He also spoke of the “small minority of folks who’ve resorted to violence,” saying, “Let’s not excuse violence, or rationalize it, or participate in it. If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves.”
I wrote out some thoughts on how to make this moment a real turning point to bring about real change––and pulled together some resources to help young activists sustain the momentum by channeling their energy into concrete action. https://t.co/jEczrOeFdv
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 1, 2020
Several celebrities participated in the protests over the weekend, including Ariana Grande, Tessa Thompson, Nick Cannon, Kehlani, Kendrick Sampson, Halsey, John Cusack, Timothée Chalamet, Elle Page, Paris Jackson and Madison Beer.
Sampson recounted how he was hit by rubber bullets by police while protesting in Los Angeles. Cusack said Chicago police came at him with batons and hit his bike.
Other celebrities — Chrissy Teigen, Janelle Monae, Seth Rogan, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Don Cheadle — have show support by making donations to go towards bailing out those arrested for protesting or legal funds.
Pink follows singers Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift in criticizing Trump’s response to Floyd’s death. (Gaga also called Trump a “racist,” while Swift said he stoked “the fires of white supremacy and racism” during his time in office.)
On Friday, as several hundred protesters gathered outside the White House — some of them throwing rocks and pushing on police barricades — Trump was rushed by Secret Service agents into a bunker inside, according to the Associated Press and other news outlets. He spent an hour in the bunker, which was designed for emergencies like terrorist attacks.
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