WASHINGTON — President Trump grew irritated in an interview Thursday when asked about the deaths of black Americans at the hands of police.
“So are white people. So are white people. What a terrible question to ask,” Trump told CBS senior correspondent Catherine Herridge when she asked the president why African Americans were “still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country.”
“So are white people,” the president continued after describing to Herridge as “terrible” the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.
Trump also claimed more white Americans are killed each year by police than black Americans. “More white people, by the way. More white people,” he said.
It is true that more white civilians are fatally shot by police in America each year, with 204 losing their lives so far this year in police shootings compared to 105 African Americans, according to Statista.
However, the rate of fatal shootings among the black community is almost three times higher per capita.
While the president previously promised to bring to justice the police officers who killed Floyd, calling his May death a “very, very sad event,” he has bristled at the Black Lives Matter movement and violent protests which have followed.
Trump has lashed recent displays of violence against cops and a troubling surge of violent shootings in New York City, calling crime in the Big Apple “out of control.”