George Floyd protests: Leslie Jones says 'burn the f*****g Constitution' but not property, urges people to vote
She said protests aren't enough to change things in the country and therefore voting is the one way everyone can contribute towards bringing a change
Former 'Saturday Night Live' star Leslie Jones said that people who were taking part in the nationwide protests in light of George Floyd's death should focus on voting. Jones took to Twitter to share a video in which she says, "Burn down this f****** constitution" instead of burning property. She shared, "I love that you guys are protesting and see how quick you did it. But I’m gonna tell you, to get the f**k what you really want, we’re going to have to change the f*****g system. And to change the system, we have to f*****g vote." Jones added, "You want to burn down buildings? Burn down this f*****g Constitution. And we do that by f*****g lifting our voice, by f*****g voting… That’s how we really show them." She also questioned how effective protests were versus going out and actually voting.
Jones also warned that the protests could act as a catalyst for the deadly coronavirus, which could spread rapidly among the protesters. The 'Ghostbusters' star had earlier suggested that POTUS Donald Trump is responsible for all the coronavirus related deaths.
"I want y’all to protest if you feel that you gotta protest, but is it going to change anything? That’s what we really gotta think about, what the f**k can we really do to get what we want… We’re going to show them what we f*****g mean by voting!" Jones said. "Please be careful. There's still is pandemic, there’s still a f*****g virus out," she added. As per data released by John Hopkins University, there have been around 1,811,357 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States so far. The country has seen around 105,160 deaths. "If you’re going to go out and protest please be safe… That’s from a real point in my f*****g heart," Jones said.
The nationwide outrage as been a result of the death of 46-year-old George Floyd. Floyd died after a now-former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin forced his knee against Floyd's neck after he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground for eight minutes. Floyd had repeatedly told Chauvin that he was unable to breathe but the cop paid no heed, eventually leading to Floyd losing consciousness and, subsequently, passing away. A viral video showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck after they arrested him for allegedly trying to use forged papers at a local deli. In the video, Floyd can be heard pleading, "I can't breathe".
Protests and riots have erupted across the United States with Trump reportedly ordering governors to "dominate" George Floyd protesters, according to newly leaked audio. Trump was heard talking to governors and telling them that they needed to step up law enforcement measures in response to protesters so that "you'll never see this stuff again". The "unhinged" audio call was obtained by CBS News. During the call, he had also reportedly revealed, "You have to dominate, if you don't dominate you're wasting your time. They're going to run over your, you're going to have to look like a bunch of jerks." Trump had allegedly also told governors that they need to "arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you'll never see this stuff again".