DETROIT — Former President Barack Obama issued a statement on George Floyd, a black man who died earlier this week after being pinned down by police in Minneapolis
"This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America," he wrote. "It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better."
My statement on the death of George Floyd: pic.twitter.com/Hg1k9JHT6R
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 29, 2020
The statement comes after Twitter censored another Tweet by President Donald Trump for threatening action against rioters in Minneapolis.
....These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
Joe Biden, Obama’s former vice president and Democratic nominee said Trump was "calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many."
Floyd's death has sparked riots in Minneapolis and across the country.