The Rock aimed sharp criticism at President Donald Trump after Trump’s response to Geroge Floyd’s death.
As the unrest continues in the US after the death of George Floyd, Hollywood star, Dwayne Johnson is asking where US president Donald Trump is. Especially when “the country is down on its knees, begging, pleading, hurt, angry and frustrated”.
In a nine-minute video posted to his social media accounts recently, the star addressed the May 25 killing of George Floyd. He also addressed the worldwide protests that followed in its wake. Johnson also heavily criticized President Donald Trump, albeit never using his name. He began,
Dwayne’s compassionate message:
“Where are you? Where is our leader at this time?” Johnson asked.
“At this time when our country is down on its knees, begging, pleading, hurt, angry, frustrated, in pain, begging and pleading with its arms out just wanting to be heard.”
A number of times throughout the lengthy speech, Johnson paused to ask, “Where are you?”
Johnson took to social media to post a video, showing support to the Black Lives Matter movement and questioning Trump.
Trump has received a lot of backlash from the protestors as well as the celebrities. The president is yet to address the issue of racism that led to protests nationwide.
Trump’s response including threatening the use of military force to quash the demonstrations, is pilloried in general. Trump wanted a photo-op while holding a bible outside the D.C. church, so he made the officers use force on the peaceful protestors. And this is just one instance.
Johnson appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to address the lack of leadership from President Donald Trump, as mainstream racial tension continues to peak with nationwide protests.
Dwayne, mentioned that in the past he thought about running for elected office. He made a powerful statement saying, “I am not the president of the United States, but I am a man and I’m a father who cares so deeply about my family, about my children, and the world that they will live in. I care so deeply about our country and every single person in it. That’s who I am. I am a man who is frustrated, I’m disappointed, I’m angry. But I’m also doing my best to stay focused and as calm as I can possibly be in the pocket to make the best decision for my family and make the best decisions for our country.”
Dwayne mentioned about the military force that deployed “on our people”. He said the protestors are in pain, “begging and pleading.”
‘In this moment, Black Lives Matter’
Johnson said, “You would be surprised how people in pain would respond when you say, ‘I care about you.’ When you say to them, ‘I’m listening to you.'”
“Where is our compassionate leader who’s going to step up to our country who’s down on its knees, and extend a hand and say, ‘You stand up, stand up with me because I got you. I hear you, I’m listening to you. And you have my word that I’m going to do everything in my power, until my dying day, my last breath, to do everything I can to create the change that is needed, to normalise equality because Black lives matter.’ Where are you?” Johnson said.
Although Dwayne doesn’t refer to Trump by name, his indication is as clear as it can get.
Johnson assured that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement. He says we must work together.
He said all lives matter because “we are Americans, we believe in inclusivity, we believe in acceptance, we believe in human rights, we believe in equality for all.”
Johnson also explains that at this moment, “where our country is down on its knees, the floorboards of our country are becoming unhinged, in this moment; we must say the words, ‘black lives matter.'”
Dwayne Johnson wants some answers and he wants them now.
Floyd, aged 46, died last week after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, held him down with a knee on his neck. Floyd though repeatedly pleaded, “I can’t breathe”, and “please, I can’t breathe”. The officer- arrested and charged with three-degree murder and manslaughter.