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Donald Trump’s son calls Black Lives Matter protesters ‘animals’

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Eric the second son of Donald Trump has lashed out on Black Lives Matter protesters describing them as ‘animals’ who were ‘taking over our cities’ in a speech at his father’s first re-election campaign rally.

He lashed out at the movement while warming up the crowd in Tulsa, Oklahoma, alongside his wife Lara on Sunday. The 36-year-old said: ‘We’re going to keep the moral fabric of this country, because when you watch the nonsense on TV, when you see these animals literally taking over our cities, right? Burning down churches?’ ‘This isn’t America. That’s not what Americans do.’

‘They represent the smallest fraction of our society because, you know what, we have the greatest people in the world in this country and they universally do not like that kind of behaviour.’ Eric made no attempt to distinguish between peaceful protesters and those who have taken part in looting and rioting. No churches are reported to have been burned down during the riots, although some have been damaged. A fire was lit at St John’s Episcopal Church near the White House but was extinguished before damage could be done.

He promised his father’s administration would protect religious freedoms which are ‘massively assaulted in this country’ and claimed the phrase Merry Christmas ‘is totally under assault’. He also claimed his father would act to keep the phrase ‘In God We Trust’ on US dollar notes, even though a legal case to remove it was struck down by the Supreme Court on Monday. Donald Trump has spoken in support of peaceful protesters but his comments calling for ‘law and order’ and warning rioters they will be shot have been widely interpreted as condoning police brutality. Eric, Donald ’s youngest child from his marriage to Ivanka, used a Fox News interview before the speeches to argue the crowds at the rally showed Americans are fed up with lockdown. He said: ‘This is what the country wants. This is actually a great example of where the country wants to go.

‘They want this energy. They want the spirit. They want to get out of their house.’ His dad would go on to boast that he asked officials to ‘slow down’ testing as it contributed to the rapidly rising number of Covid-19 cases in the US. Referring to the virus as ‘kung flu’ to emphasise its Chinese origins, the president added: ‘When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people: slow the testing down.’ Almost 120,000 people in the US have died from coronavirus out of 2,251,205 official cases, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

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