Biden: MLK Assassination Less Impactful Than George Floyd’s Death

Biden: MLK Assassination Less Impactful Than George Floyd's Death

( – President Joe Biden’s career has been full of gaffes since long before he won the White House. He’s called his wife his sister, called Vice President Kamala Harris president on more than one occasion, and the list goes on. But this time, it’s what he intended to say that had people up in arms.

While on the campaign trail in June 2020, Biden spoke about George Floyd’s death. It was a hot button in 2020, following Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, so it was very much in play as a talking point. However, when Biden compared Floyd’s death to Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, that’s where things got hairy.

While it turns out this statement is part of a longer speech regarding the impact cell phones have in reaching global audiences today versus the lack thereof in the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement, it’s still a head-scratcher. Why would someone hoping to be the President of the United States compare MLK to Floyd in the first place? MLK fought for freedoms during the Jim Crow era, whereas officials suspected Floyd of using counterfeit money. There’s no comparison between the two.

While it’s easy to chalk this statement up as another one of Biden’s gaffes, it’s critical because he measured the weight of his words before speaking them aloud. Yet, he still apparently didn’t consider the potential consequences.

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