Prior to the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case, President Joe Biden weighed in, heavily throwing his weight with progressives, not surprisingly. What was surprising was the extent to which the president was willing to entirely throw objectivity and support of law enforcement under the bus.
According to a report in The Daily Wire, the president called George Floyd’s family on Tuesday morning just as the jury began deliberation in the Derek Chauvin trial and said that he hoped “everything will come out OK,” and that the family is in his prayers.
Floyd’s family told members of the media that they are “optimistic” following closing arguments and told the TODAY Show that they had made contact with the leader of the free world about the trial involving their brother’s death.
“He was just calling,” Philonise Floyd said. “He knows how it is to lose a family member, and he knows the process of what we’re going through. So he was just letting us know that he was praying for us, hoping that everything will come out to be OK.”
“Me and my family, we pray about it every day,” Floyd added, couching his optimism by suggesting that an acquittal would have widespread implications. “I just feel that in America, if a Black man can’t get justice for this, what can a Black man get justice for?”
Floyd did say that he hoped protesters would be peaceful but said he “can’t stop people from doing the things that they’re doing because people are in pain.”
“They’re hurt,” he said.
Lest anyone doubt the family’s testimony, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also confirmed the story via Twitter, saying that Biden did speak to the Floyd family.
“President Biden spoke with the family of George Floyd yesterday to check in with them and also share that the family was in his prayers,” she wrote.
“I can only imagine the pressure and anxiety they are feeling, and so I waited until the jury is sequestered and I called,” Biden said, referring to a phone call he shared with Floyd’s family Monday according to CNBC News. “I wasn’t going to say anything about it … it was a private conversation.”
“They’re a good family and they are calling for peace and tranquility no matter what that verdict is. I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict, which is, I think it’s overwhelming, in my view. I wouldn’t say that unless the jury is sequestered,” he continued.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has gotten herself into hot water over claims that if Chauvin wasn’t convicted protesters should get more confrontational. Biden called the incident a “tragic reminder” that there is “an ingrained systemic cycle of injustice that still exists in this country.”
“It cuts at the very heart of our sacred belief that all Americans are equal in rights and in dignity, and it sends a very clear message to the black community and to black lives that are under threat every single day,” Biden said.
Chauvin’s defense rested on Monday and both sides presented their closing arguments, which lead to a day’s worth of deliberations over Chauvin’s guilt or innocence.
“The defense presented seven witnesses to bolster its three-prong strategy for clearing the former officer of culpability: Floyd died from drug and health problems; Chauvin’s use of force was ugly but appropriate, and a hostile crowd of bystanders distracted the former officer,” CNN reported Monday.
Time alone will tell if Chauvin’s guilty verdict will be enough to be considered retribution for the centuries of injustice that is reportedly being acted out still to this day.