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Trump retweets Candace Owens’ controversial take on George Floyd in his record-breaking tweet-a-thon

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President Donald Trump appears to agree with black conservative activist Candace Owens’ contention that being a victim doesn’t necessarily make one a hero.

Late Friday, the president reportedly retweeted a video tweet that showed Owens arguing point-blank that deceased black man George Floyd, who died late last month because of the brutality of four since-fired Minneapolis Police Department officers, isn’t a hero deserving of praise but rather a victim simply deserving of justice.

The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me,” the video showed her saying while speaking on conservative radio show host Glenn Beck’s program.

George Floyd was not a good person. I don’t care who wants to spin that, I don’t how how CNN wants to make you think he changed his life around, or MSNBC wants you to believe he was just, after his sixth stint in prison, really going to change things around. It’s just not true.”

View the tweet that the president retweeted below:

The clip above began with Beck noting that Floyd’s killing was wrong but also pointing out that his own history was plenty bad too.

“You know, I don’t care if he just stabs somebody, if he’s down and you have him, don’t put your knee on his neck and kill him,” he said in scathing indictment of now-charged former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

“However, this is a guy with a very long criminal record,” he added, pivoting to Floyd. “He was said to be cleaning up his life by his family — I hope that was true — but he was also high on fentanyl and dropped a bag of drugs that he was carrying at the time.”

Floyd’s criminal record may be seen below:

“Is this really the guy that black America — they were very careful to pick Rosa Parks — is this the symbol of black America today?” Beck continued.

Owens replied by saying it is though it certainly shouldn’t be.

“I’m going to say yes, it is a symbol of black America today, and it’s a symbol of a broken culture in black America today — and that people are not willing to talk about again about how we contribute to our own demise,” she said.

“The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me. George Floyd was not a good person. I don’t care who wants to spin that, I don’t how how CNN wants to make you think he changed his life around, or MSNBC wants you to believe he was just, after his sixth stint in prison, really going to change things around. It’s just not true.”

As evidence, she pointed to the horrific crime Floyd had committed in 2007.

“Here’s how I try to see it through the eyes of the young woman who was pregnant in 2007 when a guy knocked on her door pretending that he worked for the water department,” Owens explained.  “She realized that he doesn’t work for the water department, attempted to slam the door in his face, only to have a Ford pull up with four more men who get out of the car, one of which is George Floyd.”

“He slams his way into her door, takes out a pistol and holds it to her pregnant belly threatening her as he pushes her into the living room. While she’s in the room, he has one of his armed buddies keep an eye on her as they raid her house looking for drugs, looking for money. They didn’t find drugs, but they did take her cell phone and some cash.”

All of that is true.

“So that I think was his fifth arrest that he went to prison for five years. This man has been held up as a hero. This once pregnant woman, I can’t even think about the trauma,” Owens concluded.

Yet despite Floyd’s track record and the trauma he’d inflicted on others, and despite the fact that his killers are being held accountable, his death has spurred widespread “protests,” riots, lootings, killings and devotionals across the country and world.

Worse, the protests have transformed from being about justice for him to being a movement about alleged systemic “racialized police brutality.”

But it’s all a lie, as Owens had previously noted in a video posted earlier in the week:

The president’s retweet suggests that he understands the actual facts — that Floyd wasn’t a hero, and that all this blather about systemic racism is nonsense.

FYI, the president’s retweet reportedly also helped him set a personal record of posting a tweet every seven minutes and 12 seconds.

Vivek Saxena

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