White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany highlighted Monday various moments of peace from the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd. Amid continuing violence and destruction in many U.S. cities, she noted the importance of looking for glimmers of hope.
“We cannot let violence and we cannot let looting and a few bad actors divide us as an American people,” she said in a press conference on Wednesday, according to a transcript provided by the White House.
“Important for us all to watch”
As shown in video shared by Breitbart, McEnany offered reporters a few words about “the American spirit” before playing a short video that showed moments of compassion and unity between law enforcement and demonstrators.
“Despite the horrific scenes we’ve seen play throughout the media, there are some things we haven’t seen and I think it’s important for the American people to see them,” the president’s top spokeswoman said.
Describing the clips in her video as “very important for us all to watch,” she went on to praise both police and protesters who treat each other with respect.
“Across the country, we’ve seen examples of police protecting protesters and protesters embracing police,” McEnany said. “And it’s been beautiful to watch, though those images have not been played all that often.”
“A parade, not a protest”
Several law enforcement leaders across the nation have spoken up in support of those peacefully protesting against police brutality and racial injustice.
“It’s all of us versus bad people and bad cops,” Bellevue, Nebraska Police Sgt. Howard Banks said, according to NBC News. “And we want to get them out of the line of duty and police work, because they make all of us look bad.”
Genesee County, Michigan, Sheriff Chris Swanson drew widespread praise for his decision to lay down his baton and remove his helmet, ultimately joining a crowd of protesters.
“We want to be with y’all for real,” he said, as NBC reported. “I want to make this a parade, not a protest.”
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While looting, violence, and arson have dominated much of the coverage, it is important to remember that real change is made possible through demonstrations working to bring the nation together. George Floyd’s loved ones should speak for everyone when they assert that such misbehavior and criminal activity will only “distract from the strength of our collective voice.”