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One year after the death of George Floyd—a guilty verdict now secured—Biden maintained a rosy rendition of 2020’s deadly riots. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met on Tuesday, May 25, with the family of George Floyd, who died one year earlier on May 25, 2020. Biden released a statement commending the Floyd family for their courage and urging passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. In a separate statement, the vice president wrote, “One year ago, a cellphone video revealed to the country what Black Americans have known to be true for generations.” The president’s statement contained what can only be called a deeply euphemistic rendition of the truth: “[Floyd’s] murder launched a summer of protest we hadn’t seen since the Civil Rights era in the ‘60s—protests that peacefully unified people of every race and generation to collectively say enough of the senseless killings.” The 2020 summer of protest was neither peaceful nor nonviolent. Rioters murdered retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn, charred remains were found in a looted pawn shop in Minneapolis, and around 30 Americans in total lost their lives in the chaos.

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