Ben Carson Encourages People To ‘Reserve Judgment’ On Trump Until He Speaks Out About George Floyd
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson urged people to “reserve judgment” on Sunday after President Donald Trump retweeted a posted attacking the character of George Floyd, the black man killed by a Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck.
“I believe you’re going to be hearing from the President this week on this topic in some detail. And I would ask you maybe to reserve judgment until after that time,” Carson told CNN.
“You talked about how you don’t like to demonize people,” CNN’s Jake Tapper said Sunday, referring to a post that Trump retweeted which quoted conservative commentator Candance Owens saying, “the fact that (Floyd) has been held up as a martyr sickens me.”
Tapper added: “I know you didn’t retweet this, but the President did. Does that help the nation heal?”
“What will help the national heal is if we engage in dialogue together,” Carson said. “Let’s not make the solution be a Democrat solution or a Republican solution. Let’s make it be an American solution and recognize that our country is extraordinary.”
Carson also said he was “horrified” to see videos of Dererk Chauvin, who has since been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, kneeling atop Floyd for nearly nine minutes, calling it a “blatant and callous murder.”
“A house divided against itself cannot stand,” he said, noting the need for a bipartisan solution. “We the American people are not each other’s enemies, we must be smart enough to recognize that and not allow ourselves to be manipulated into thinking that we hate each other and destroying ourselves.”