Atlanta protests: Rapper Killer Mike calls Trump ‘a dumb a**’ on TV, fans call it the 'speech of the year'
Rapper and activist Killer Mike gave an emotionally-charged speech to the media and urged protestors to stop the violence
The death of George Floyd, an African-American man from Minnesota, has shaken and stirred America in equal measure. The tragic incident took place on May 25 when Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the street.
Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, had his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, and Floyd was unresponsive within 2 minutes and 53 seconds, according to the criminal complaint filed against Chauvin.
As violent protests erupted across the country against the injustice and recent police brutality against the black community, rapper and activist Killer Mike gave an emotionally-charged speech to the media in Atlanta and urged protestors to stop the violence. He told WSB-TV, "I know it tore your hearts out," and added, "I am mad as hell. I woke up wanting to see the world burn down yesterday because I’m tired of seeing black men die. If we lose Atlanta, what else do we got?". He added: “We don’t need a dumbass President repeating what segregation has said, ‘if you start looting, we start shooting.’ But the problem is some officers are black and some people are gonna shoot back...”
He tearfully asked Georgians to return home following pockets of violence during the protest. "It is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house."
Calling it the "speech of the year", several fans can't stop praising him for calling the president a dumbass. "Killer Mike said so many truths tonight on live TV while talking about the protests going on in ATL right now & what’s happened in Minneapolis... He calls Donald Trump “a dumb ass president” after what he tweeted last night #JusticeForGeorgeFlyod," one tweet read.
"Killer Mike giving the speech of the f**kin year dude I love him," one said and another wrote, "Killer Mike called the president a dumb a** on live TV.... and I ain’t got NO Issue with it." Another tweet read, "Killer Mike called Trump a dumb a** with his whole chest! Nothing but respect for Mr Killer Mike."
At the same press conference, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a passionate address: “What I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta.” After Mike's sentimental speech, the Internet is on his side, fuming with rage just like him. "Killer Mike said the N-word on Live TV after Keisha yelled at us and TI came in after her like the dad. Doesn’t get more Atlanta than this," one wrote and another said, "God damn Killer Mike...calming me down and stirring me up at the same time."
Mike then added, "We want to see the system that’s set up for systemic racism burnt to the ground," and one Twitter user said, "There is literally nowhere else in the world where you would see a press conference like that. Absolutely extraordinary from the mayor, T.I., Killer Mike and Bernice King."
Another one said, "Killer Mike is a SMART dude. I respect that he knows what he's talking about generally, even if he IS pretty militant. I'll listen to that guy talk whenever."