Michael McDowell: Black Americans fear the future and so should we

Trump’s coalition of both rich and poor whites is shameless and his words evil

The New York Times has reconstructed the death of George Floyd. Security footage, witness videos and official documents show how a series of actions by police officers turned fatal. Video: The New York Times

In July, 2017, Donald Trump, newly elected president of the United States, organised a rally of uniformed police officers on Long Island in New York state. His audience were ranged in front of him and a number were seated behind him as he spoke. This was a classical visual format to suggest to television audiences that his uniformed audience were, in effect, supportive of him and his remarks.

Boris Johnson, by the way, unsuccessfully tried a similarly crass visual stunt in the course of the run-up to his 2019 election campaign, addressing police in West Yorkshire – having kept his uniformed trainee police officer audience waiting an hour. It backfired for Johnson.

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