Atlanta Mayor Urges Trump to ‘Just Stop Talking’ About the George Floyd Protests

As tensions flare across the country, many are looking to President Donald Trump to offer leadership. 

However, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) says she would prefer if Trump did not comment on the protests.

“He should just stop talking,” Bottoms said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. 

She continued, “This is like Charlottesville all over again, He speaks, and he makes it worse. There are times when you should just be quiet. And I wish that he would just be quiet.”

“Or, if he can’t be silent, if there is somebody of good sense and good conscience in the White House, put him in front of a teleprompter and pray he reads it, and at least says the right things, because he is making it worse,” Bottoms added.

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After days of violent demonstrations, Trump received criticism for several tweets he sent:

Trump later tried to clarify his tweet about looting:

During remarks on Saturday, Trump addressed the violent demonstrations, “What we are seeing now on the streets of our cities has nothing to do with justice or with peace.”

He continued, “Those making excuses or justification for violence are not helping the downtrodden, but delivering new anguish and new pain.”

Additionally, he vowed to stop “mob violence.”

“It does not serve the interests of justice or any citizen of any race, color, or creed for the government to give in to anarchy, abandon police precincts, or allow communities to be burned to the ground,” Trump added.

Despite his comments on Saturday, several Democratic leaders voiced concerns that his tweets were only serving to fuel rage. 

Bottoms recently made headlines after she rebuked protesters in her city as demonstrations became violent, “What I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is not a protest. This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

“This is chaos,” Bottoms added as she implored demonstrators to “go home.”

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  1. Please the man could go into downtown Atlanta and offer to commit public suicide and it wouldn’t be enough for some.

    1. Even if his resultant death resulted in a cure for COVID, HIV/AIDS and cancer it wouldn’t be enough

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