Black Lives Matter Global Network co-founder Patrisse Cullors said Friday that President Donald Trump is unfit for office and said that “our goal is to get Trump out.”
Cullors made the remarks while appearing on CNNs The Lead with Jake Tapper, telling him that, “Trump not only needs to not be in office in November but he should resign now.”
“Trump needs to be out of office. He is not fit for office,” Cullors insisted.
In the interview, Tapper also asked the activist to characterize the forces now buffeting American society in the wake of the police-custody death of George Floyd.
“We absolutely are in a cultural shift and its not just hearts and attitudes changing,” Cullors said. “Were also seeing entire police departments transforming, were seeing city councils, county body supervisors, governors, the national government, try to have a much more difficult and promising conversation around re-imagining public safety,” she added.
Floyds death has given new impetus to police reform, something Attorney General William Barr said has been moving forward for years, although he rejected the notion that Americas institutions are “systemically racist.”
“Since the 1960s, I think weve been in a phase of reforming our institutions and making sure that theyre in sync with our laws and arent fighting a rearguard action to impose inequities,” Barr said in a June 7 appearance on “Face the Nation.”
“I think theres racism in the United States still but I dont think that the law enforcement system is systemically racist,” Barr said.
Further, Barr said its “undeniable that progress is being made” in regards to reforming the nations institutions, adding, “We have a generation of police leaders in this country, many of whom are now African American, in our major cities, who are firmly committed to equal justice and to fair policing.”
Expressing understanding for the distrust of the African American community “given the history in this country,” Barr noted that the administration is expanding its efforts to further reform law enforcement.
The president on Tuesday signed an executive order on policing, which included measures to incentivize enhanced police training regarding deescalation techniques and imposed tougher restrictions for the use of chokeholds as a restraining technique used to incapacitate non-compliant suspects.
Floyd died on May 25 after he was filmed pleading with a Minneapolis police officer who was restraining him by kneeling on his neck.
Four police officers were arrested and criminally charged in connection with the incident, though this has done little to abate the wave of protests following Floyds death, some of which have become violent and degenerated into episodes of looting, vandalism, and arson.