The brother of George Floyd told MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday that he spoke to President Donald Trump but the conversation was so quick that he “he didn’t give me the opportunity to even speak.”
“They all need to be convicted of first degree murder and given the death penalty,” Floyd said of the three other officers involved in the killing who remain free following the arrest of officer Derek Chauvin on Friday.
“What was the conversation with President Trump like?” Sharpton asked.
“It was so fast,” Floyd replied.
“He didn’t give me an opportunity to even speak. It was hard, I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept like pushing me off, like ‘I don’t want to hear what you’re talking about.’ And I just told him I want justice. I said that I couldn’t believe they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight.”
“I can’t stand for that, I can’t — and it hurt me,” he revealed.
“I just don’t understand, man. We can’t go through this. Why we have to have all this pain, man? I love my brother, I’m never going to see him again,” he said as he teared up and was comforted by his son.
George Floyd's brother, Philonise, on his conversation w/ Pres Trump on @MSNBC: "It was so fast. He didn't give me the opportunity to even speak. It was hard. I was trying to talk to him but he just kept like pushing me off like 'I don’t want to hear what you’re talking about.'"
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) May 30, 2020
Floyd said he also spoke to Joe Biden and poured out his heart to the Democratic presidential candidate.
“I never begged for anything before,” Floyd told Sharpton. “I asked the vice president if he could get justice for my brother. I just don’t want to see him on a shirt like those other guys.”