Trump Homeland Security official says he believes even if George Floyd had been white his life would not have been spared


According  to Ken Cuccinelli, acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said Sunday on CNN that he does not believe that had George Floyd been white his life would have been spared.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Cuccinelli, “If George Floyd had been white, would he be alive today?”

“No, I don’t think he would,” Cuccinelli responded. “I think the behavior by that officer, we’ll learn more as the FBI investigation goes on in civil rights if there is something special about this guy in terms of racism… but what I heard in that eight and a half minute clip, was someone who was a bully, who is abusing his position of authority and power in the law. And I have a funny feeling, I don’t know anything about his professional history, but I have a feeling that we’re going to find that he wasn’t necessarily that well thought of as a role model among law enforcement through the time of his career, to say the least.”

Cuccinelli also joined other Trump officials who claimed Sunday that systemic racism is not an issue in US law enforcement agencies.

Attorney General Bill Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf both dismissed the idea that racism is a systemic problem in law enforcement.

And, when Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson was asked by Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” if he thinks systemic racism is a problem in US law enforcement, Carson, who is black, demurred, saying he grew up in a time when there was “real systemic racism.”

When asked the same question about whether there is systemic racism in American police forces, Cuccinelli told Blitzer, “No, there is not. There are individuals who are racist, they’re a small number.”


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