Jimmy Kimmel demands Donald Trump is voted out after George Floyd's death


Jimmy Kimmel has shared a powerful message about the death of George Floyd, calling for ‘disgusting’ Donald Trump to be voted out of office.

The talk show host shared his thoughts on Floyd’s tragic death, after a police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on the US man’s neck for eight minutes while he cried out: ‘I can’t breathe’.

Chauvin has now been arrested.

Riots erupted in cities across America after Floyd’s death, while President Trump caused widespread outrage by tweeting: ‘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!’

Jimmy explained in a video: ‘Unfortunately, this is the loop we get stuck in: It goes from “it isn’t right to kill an unarmed man” to “it also isn’t right to loot and set fires and attack the police, too.”‘

He added: ‘Last night there were senseless acts of violence that were brought on by a senseless act of violence. And it just keeps going in a loop.

‘So last night, the anger is getting more intense. The police are gone. Fire trucks can’t even get to the area to stop the flames. It’s a very bad situation.’

Jimmy went on to say: ‘And our disgusting excuse for a President, Mr. Tough Guy, Donnie Bone Spurs decides, “I know what I’ll do. I’ll make this worse.” At one o’clock in the morning, instead of trying to make peace, Donald Trump makes a threat. A violent threat.’

Reading out Trump’s tweet, Jimmy continued: ‘Our President is threatening to order the military to shoot Americans. Specifically black Americans.

‘And then of course today, as he often does when he says something idiotic, he tried to reel that in. He claimed he was saying he didn’t want that to happen. It was a warning, not a warning warning. But a warning. The sad thing about how much he lies is, he isn’t even good at it.’

He pointed out that the institutional racism in the USA isn’t purely down to Trump, and black people have been experiencing it for years.

‘I don’t want to make this about Donald Trump. Because this sense of hopelessness and frustration that black people in this country have been experiencing has been brewing for a long time,’ he said.

‘And not just under Republican presidents. Or even white presidents. This is not on the government. It’s on us.’

 Jimmy went on to ask: ‘Is this who you want leading us? A President who clearly and intentionally inflames violence in the middle of a riot? To show how tough he is?’

‘A commander-in-chief who threatens to put members of our military, our national guardsmen and women, in the position of having to shoot a fellow American on sight? I don’t care what you are. Right, left, Republican, Democrat. I can’t imagine that there are many of us who want that.

‘Enough is enough. We gotta vote this guy out already. And we need to work on this problem we have. This blatant double standard. Because when you stand in front of the flag, you put your hand on your heart and pledge allegiance ‘with liberty and justice for all.’ We don’t have that for all. I mean I have it. A lot of you have it. But it’s not for all.’

Jimmy’s certainly not the only star to have spoken out after George’s tragic death, with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, Cardi B, Oprah Winfrey and Jamie Foxx addressing the situation and taking action.

Many have also donated to causes including Floyd’s memorial fund, and the Minneapolis Freedom Fund.

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