President Joe Biden spoke out about the trial of Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd on Tuesday, saying that he is “praying for the right verdict” and that the evidence is “overwhelming.” He said this as the jury is still deliberating Chauvin’s fate, putting even more pressure on them.
“I can only imagine the pressure and anxiety they are feeling, and so I waited until the jury is sequestered and I called,” Biden said, referring to calling the Floyd family. “I wasn’t going to say anything about it … it was a private conversation.”
“They’re a good family and they are calling for peace and tranquility no matter what that verdict is,” he added. “I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict, which is, I think it’s overwhelming, in my view. I wouldn’t say that unless the jury is sequestered.”
Joe Biden on the Chauvin trial: "I'm praying the verdict is the right verdict, which I think is overwhelming in my view."pic.twitter.com/aJDQlZGHO4
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Floyd’s brother Philonise had revealed earlier in the day on Tuesday that Biden had indeed called his family to say that he hoped “everything will come out to be OK.”
“He was just calling,” Philonise said, according to Daily Wire. “He knows how it is to lose a family member, and he knows the process of what we’re going through. So he was just letting us know that he was praying for us, hoping that everything will come out to be OK.”
This came after Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) urged protesters in Minneapolis, Minnesota to be “confrontational” if the jury decides that Chauvin was not guilty.
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict. We’re looking for a guilty verdict. And we’re looking to see if all of the talk that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd,” Waters said to protesters over the weekend. “If nothing does not happen, then we know, that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice, but I am very hopeful and I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that will say guilty, guilty, guilty. And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”
When asked what the protesters should do if the jury comes back with anything but a guilty verdict, Waters said, “Well, we’ve got to stay on the street. And we’ve got to get more active. We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”