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Faulkner presses Trump: ‘What do you think the protesters need right now, from you?’

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In an interview with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner, President Donald Trump answered hard questions regarding protesters’ call to defund the police and ban chokeholds, and discussed what it means to be a “law and order” president. 

Trump, who is usually snarky with the press, took a more serious tone with Faulkner who reminded him that she is both a Black woman and a mom who was deeply affected by the video of George Floyd’s death. 

Said Faulkner: “I want to talk about where we are in terms of the Black community and people of color.”

“I hear you use the word ‘rioter,’ and I understand, we covered it on Fox News … and [the riots] were heartbreaking to see,” she continued. “At the same time, there were peaceful protesters, and they were hurting, and I know you and your team watched that eight minutes and 46 seconds of George Floyd … and Mr. President, your response to that is different than a person of color, and I’m a mom. When he called out ‘mom’ on that tape … it’s a heart punch.”

“So, I’m curious from you, what do you think the protesters want, what do you think they need right now, from you?”

Trump responded calmly, saying: “I’ve watched [the rioting/protesting] very closely … a lot of them were [protesting] because they were following the crowd, but a lot of them were there because we witnessed a terrible thing, and we’ve seen it over the years. And I think it’s a shame. It’s a disgrace, and it’s got to stop.”

He also referred to George Floyd’s death as “eight minutes of horror.”

“But, as you also know, we have incredible people in law enforcement and we have to cherish them and take care of them and we can’t let one bad apple ruin the reputation of millions of people who take care of us,” he continued. 

When asked what he wants to see changed, if anything, he said: “I want to see really compassionate but strong law enforcement and I don’t want to see any mistakes.”

This comment, of course, brought up the topic of chokeholds. Faulkner asked Trump his opinions on the call to ban chokeholds, and his initial reaction was to say that the issue of chokeholds was a “tricky point.” 

He further explained, stating that if an officer is alone in the field and he knows he’s caught a “really bad” person, then there should be leniency. He explained that when you’re in a fight like that, unfortunately, things can happen, though it’s rarely purposeful. However, in the case that there are four officers on, say, one person, as was the case in Floyd’s death, the situation then becomes very different. 

Faulkner reacted well to this, asking: “So you think it should be a sliding scale?” 

He put it plainly: “Yes, but generally speaking, [chokeholds] should be ended.”

So, what does it mean to be a “law and order” president? To President Trump, it means: “We have to keep our police and law enforcement strong. But, we have to do it right.”

After the interview, Faulkner appeared on Special Report. When asked about her impressions of the president’s answers, Faulkner said: “I think the president is quite used to talking about the politics of the moment, but in this moment, there was no getting around the fact that the interviewer looked a lot like the protesters in the street and I made the point of putting that out there, and I don’t normally, but I think it’s worth something.”

“I know what he tapped into … he watched the eight minutes and 46 seconds of George Floyd’s death, and he tapped into the hurt and the pain and he understands that … it was a fascinating conversation to get in there with the president and see where he is.”

Though Faulkner challenged the president, the two had a great rapport, with free-flowing and open communication. Conversations like these are more important than ever, and they prove that our president is doing not only the work necessary but also the listening necessary to lead the country forward. 

Photo Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maxwell Anderson/Released

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    Duane June 12, 2020

    Faulkner did a good professional job as did the President

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    Bruce June 12, 2020

    I think conversations are the key. Trump cares for all Americans, while Biden and Democrats only want to use race to divide us. I don’t think there is the problem of racism to the great extent the Democrats and race baiters like Sharpton portray it. It’s a time to come together as a nation. Of course we address reforms in police departments and get rid of bad cops, but in order to do that you have to reform the police unions, that want let you fire the bad cops.

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    Sima M Schwartz June 12, 2020

    I think nobody can answer the questions as hard as the situation our country is witnessing during a couple of weeks, like President Trump has done in the interview with black woman being a mom discussed the controversial problems to the reactions from the death of George Flloyd’s death! That’s why I strongly support our President with every his action I have an information of!!!!

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    Sharon June 12, 2020

    Trump is only snarky with the press that are snarky with him.. Harris was fair with her questions so he was fair with his answers.

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    Ruth June 12, 2020

    Trump is a successful businessman who has succeeded in businesses with workers of all races & nationalities. He could not have been so successful in the 20th C. if he failed to understand the humanity of his workers of all levels. That’s the difference in career politicians whose life is spent on gaining votes and lobbyists’ largesse to enable them their government pay checks & benefits.

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    Connie bilbrey June 12, 2020

    The preponderance of protesters are young and white and not hurting.
    Antics is a criminal organization that wants to destroy America as we know it. Not change but destruction.
    There is no statistical evidence, in fact no evidence that cops are targeting and hunting black citizens.
    The black community should begin by aggressively attacking black on black murder and assault; it appears to be acceptable to them and the media.
    Racism works both ways.
    Cities and states should create new policies regarding use of force, chokeholds and they should get rid of large military equipment.
    I hope one city such as Minneapolis will wipe out its police department so that the rest of cities and stated will see the utter destruction of a society.
    Don’t be ashamed of being white.

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    Connie Bilbrey June 13, 2020

    Why did you delete my comment.
    All lives matter.

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    mlgt June 13, 2020

    Conversation is the only way to go forward. When things are discussed in an intelligent way, things can get better. Trump has done more for the black community than any president has done in ages. He wants all Americans to become successful, but it takes wanting to be better from all sides. May God help us heal.

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    Darla Rena Ratliff June 13, 2020

    However, she threw the race card and admitted it Just To Get a reaction. To me, that MAKES HER the racist.

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    JohnTheElder June 13, 2020

    What do the protesters want from Trump?

    Complete capitulation, and an admission that he was solely responsible for all atrocities suffered by Blacks during slavery and since. Nothing less will do.

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    texaslady June 13, 2020

    AMERICANS WE HAVE TO TAKE BACK OUR AMERICA FROM THE EVIL CRIMINAL ACTS OF DEMOCRATS………………………..TO SOLVE AMERICAS PROBLEMS MAKE THIS CHOICE WE THE PEOPLE’ HAVE THE POWER OF OUR VOICES AND OUR VOTES, TO VOTE OUT THE ENTIRE LYING,CORRUPT, TREASONOUS DEMOCRAT PARTY COME NOV 2020, VOTE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND TO END ALL CORRUPTIONS IN WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT
    “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

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    Karen Stinson June 13, 2020

    Agree. Ridiculous questions are exasperating. The press should learn from Faulkner’s professionalism.

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    Don June 13, 2020

    As long as the “protest” is peaceful….nothing but if rioting and causing damage they need jail, period.

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    Gmac June 13, 2020

    The President has been doing a job that is for the people. If it weren’t for the media and the left wing nuts he could accomplish so much more. We need him for 4 more years and hopefully we can drain more of the swamp and get this country back where it belongs. We are moving in the right direction.
    America First.
    We can’t save the world, we need to save our country! Once we take care of our own house then maybe we can be a better beacon to help others find a way to peace and prosperity.

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    Robert Bigelow July 3, 2020

    We finally have a President that represents the “peoples” wishes, not the corporate, wealthy, and Socialist wishes!
    We finally have a President with the right perspective as to what is wrong with this country and it’s leaders and
    what is needed to bring it back to it’s former values! I am refreshed to see someone with the “uknow whats” to
    stand up for us, and not special interests. I sincerely hope that the Conservative Black population of this country
    can wake up their fellow citizens to see they have a leader that actually cares for them.

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    Robert Bigelow July 3, 2020

    Up yours! Nothing more than censorship. I cleaned it up from what I really felt. It could have meant “guts”!
    Remove me from your damn emails.

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