Another day, another chance for President Joe Biden to prove he must be living in an altered reality apart from the rest of America.
Biden acknowledged the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death by signing an executive order addressing police reform on Wednesday.
“This executive order is going to deliver the most significant police reform in decades,” he told those gathered at the White House ceremony, which included members of Floyd’s family.
“That’s why the executive order I’ll be signing today is so important in my view. It’s a measure of what we can do together to heal the very soul of this nation, to address profound fear and trauma, exhaustion that particularly Black Americans have experienced for generations. And to channel that private plain and public outrage into a rare mark of progress for years to come,” he said.
(Video: PBS NewsHour)
But Biden’s recollection of the nation’s descent into chaos following Floyd’s death, with cities across the U.S. engulfed in violent rioting, seems decidedly different than what most Americans remember.
“Two summers ago, in the middle of the pandemic, we saw protests across the nation the likes of which you hadn’t seen since the 1960s. They unified people of every race and generation,” he claimed.
Yeah sure Joe…watching our cities burn and looted and business owners in black communities standing outside their burned out business crying was “unifying”🤦♀️🤡🤡🤡🤡 https://t.co/8SYPaJzH7D
— Piper R (@PiperR3800) May 25, 2022
“Athletes and sports leagues boycotted and postponed games. Companies and workers proclaimed Black Lives Matter. Students staged solidarity walkouts. From Europe to the Middle East to Asia to Australia, people saw their own fight for justice and equality, what we were trying to do,” he added.
Biden must have been hiding out in his basement throughout much of that imaginary time that the nation was experiencing so much unity. Social media responses were right on target.
Unified? Good lord, man, what rock is this guy living under?
— WCorporon (@CorporonWill) May 25, 2022
Peaceful protests don’t kill 26 people in their wake.
Peaceful protests don’t do an estimated 1 billion in damage.
Peaceful protests don’t include a breakaway region in a states capital, Seattle.
And peaceful protests don’t include a 2 month siege of a federal courthouse.
— PuckLuckBitch🌸 (@puckluckbitch) May 26, 2022
We’re unified! AutoZone must burn! pic.twitter.com/U8tmz6uaDo
— lowly mortal (@lowlymortal2) May 26, 2022
Wow. That’s actually completely the opposite of what happened. But once you start revising history I guess you can’t stop
— RJ (@rjones_1982) May 25, 2022
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that as a result of the rioting and ongoing crime epidemic, that the people murdered, the communities burned to the ground, and those who lost their businesses likely aren’t feeling much unification.
— Kailua Kyle🌴 (@KyleCalifornia_) May 25, 2022
Yep I remember those days when we all united against small businesses and burned them down. pic.twitter.com/ogDvWND0Kt
— TBoneMartian (@TBoneMartian) May 26, 2022
I must have missed that. All I saw were riots, fires and looting.
— Bob Rogers (@MeetingBob) May 25, 2022
Good god who lets him say this stuff. Unified??? You have got to be kidding me. Business destroyed, violence, vandalism, arson, destruction. Let me tell you the last emotion I was feeling was unity. How about anger and disgust.
— Gail Larson (@gaillarson) May 25, 2022
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