White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany recently told the media that Donald Trump is "devastated" over incidents of police brutality, particularly those that resulted in loss of life, like the recent deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
However, as people quickly began pointing out, Trump's actions tell an entirely different story.
According to McEnany's statement, Trump despises racism and believes there should be "no racism in our policing, economic, or schooling systems." She also stated that Trump believes most police officers are good.
"Team Trump" even tweeted about the statement.
After McEnany spoke about Trump's devastation over police brutality, Trump himself took the stage flanked by police officers. None of the families of the recently deceased people he was "devastated" over were present.
Many believe they were not invited, despite Trump claiming to have met with the families of Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean and Jemel Roberson.
Once on stage, Trump spoke about his executive order (which experts agree doesn't really say or do much of anything) supported police choke holds as necessary sometimes, dismissed calls to "defund" the police by reallocating more funds to social programs that he called "radical and dangerous" and told the world how great the stock market was doing.
Most people pretty strongly disagree with McEnany's statement. Trump may claim he feels devastated, but his actions do not support that.
Donald Trump has a long history of racism within both his personal and professional lives. In fact, he has found himself in court over it in the past.
It's not just his past that belies racist beliefs, however. Up until very recently, Trump had a campaign rally scheduled for Tulsa, Oklahoma—the site of "the single worst instance of racial violence in American history" on Friday, June 19.
Tulsa History describes the massacre:
"In the early morning hours of June 1, 1921, Greenwood was looted and burned by White rioters. Governor Robertson declared martial law, and National Guard troops arrived in Tulsa."
"Guardsmen assisted firemen in putting out fires, took African Americans out of the hands of vigilantes and imprisoned all Black Tulsans not already interned. Over 6,000 people were held at the Convention Hall and the Fairgrounds, some for as long as eight days."
"Twenty-four hours after the violence erupted, it ceased. In the wake of the violence, 35 city blocks lay in charred ruins, over 800 people were treated for injuries and contemporary reports of deaths began at 36. Historians now believe as many as 300 people may have died."
He had the rally scheduled for Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery. Trump also scheduled a Jacksonville stop on the anniversary of Axe-Handle Day, a day where Black Jacksonville residents were terrorized by the KKK.
Given all of that, many people are calling his "devastation" less than genuine.
Talk quickly turned to McEnany, who has quite the history of racist moments herself. She has made comments about how Obama's brother must live in a hut in Kenya, claimed Muslims were genocidal and often blames "radical Islam" for horrible events.
Yeah, she's not popular either.
While the Trump administration may claim the President is devastated about racism and police brutality, it would be far more beneficial if they would do something about it.