Eric Trump called Black Lives Matter protestors "animals" while speaking ahead of his father, U.S. President Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday.
Standing alongside his wife Lara, Eric promised that his family would “keep the moral fabric of this country.” Trump was speaking against the backdrop of nationwide protests against police brutality that were trigged by the killing of George Floyd.
“When you watch the nonsense on TV, when you see these animals literally taking over our cities, burning down churches, this isn’t America. That’s not what Americans do," he added.
The contentious rally drew sharp criticism for its original date, scheduled to be held on the Juneteenth holiday, and also its location, the site of the country's bloodiest outbreaks of racial violence against Black Americans some 100 years ago. The rally was later rescheduled for June 20.
Later during the rally, the president told supporters that he asked his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because robust testing turns up too many cases of COVID-19.
The “bad part,” Trump said, is that widespread testing leads to logging more cases of the virus.
“When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases,” Trump said. “So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’ They test and they test.”