President Donald Trump defended the pro-slavery Confederate flag with “freedom of speech” during an interview with CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge (MORE VIDEO BELOW).
Herridge asked Trump about his 2015 position, which was placing the racist flags in a museum, but quickly flip-flopped:
All I say is freedom of speech. It’s very simple. My attitude is freedom of speech. Very strong views on the Confederate flag. With me it’s freedom o speech, very simple. Like it, don’t like it, it’s freedom of speech.
Herridge also asked Trump why Black Americans are “still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country,” which he blew off by pointing to white people killed by cops:
So are White people. So are White people. What a terrible question to ask. So are White people. More White people, by the way. More White people.
CBS News debunked Trump:
Researchers have compiled statistics showing Black Americans are more likely to die at the hands of law enforcement than White people. One study published in 2018 found that Black men are roughly 3.5 times more likely to be killed by law enforcement than White men.
“What a terrible question to ask” — Donald Trump reacts to George Floyd’s killing by suggesting to CBS that systemic racism is a myth because more white people are killed by cops than blacks people (nevermind that a much higher percentage of black people are) pic.twitter.com/dhnHNh4irS— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 14, 2020