The brother of George Floyd has said that he has spoke to both Donald Trump and Joe Biden about the killing of his sibling and had a very different experience with both.
Appearing on MSNBC Philonise Floyd explained the phone conversation that he had with the two presidential candidates about his brothers death which has sparked widespread riots and violence across the United States.
Floyd said that when speaking to Biden he begged the Democrat to get justice for his brother:
I never had to beg a man before but I asked [Biden] could he please, please get justice for my brother, please.
Because I need it, I just don't want to see him on a shirt like those other guys. Nobody deserves that.
However, his conversation with Trump was a lot different and is a damning indictment of the president's character. An emotional Floyd said:
It was so fast. He didn't give me the opportunity to even speak. It was hard.
I was trying to talk to him but he just kept like pushing me off like 'I don’t want to hear what you’re talking about.' I just told him I want justice.
I said that I can't believe that they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight. I can't stand for that, that hurt me. I just don't understand, man.
Why we have to go through this? Why we gotta have all this pain, man? I love my brother. I'm never going to see him again.
Trump, whose messaging regarding Floyd's death has been mixed, to say the least, was in Florida on Saturday to see the NASA-SpaceX launch from the Kennedy Space Centre but did reveal that he had spoken to Floyd but had a very different account of their conversation.
Yesterday, I spoke to George's family and expressed the sorrow of our entire nation for their loss. I stand before you as a friend and ally to every American seeking justice and peace, and I stand before you in firm opposition to anyone exploiting this tragedy to loot, rob, and menace. Healing not hatred, justice not chaos are the mission at hand.
You can watch Floyd's entire MSNBC interview below which also features his nephew Brandon Williams and their family attorney Ben Crump.
Derek Chauvin, who is the police officer who killed George Floyd, has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter which Floyd's brother hopes to see upgraded to first-degree murder.