Chris Wallace: George Floyd Video ‘May Be the Ugliest We Have Ever Seen’

Chris Wallace: George Floyd Video ‘May Be the Ugliest We Have Ever Seen’

Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Friday compared the backlash in Minneapolis to George Floyd’s death to protests during the Vietnam War. The video showing Floyd’s killing by a police officer on May 25, Wallace said, “may be the ugliest we have ever seen.”

“The police do a great job 99 percent of the time,” Wallace said. “They protect us from violence and protect us from crime, but unfortunately, every once in a while, we see one of these videos of police violence against individuals, and too often against African American individuals.”

“And this particular video, I think we would all agree, may be the ugliest we have ever seen because George Floyd is so defenseless, there’s no fight, there’s no resistance, there’s no need for any force,” Wallace continued. “He’s on the ground, handcuffed, [hands] behind his back, and this officer presses his full weight on his knee into the man’s neck minute after minute after minute.”

Derek Chauvin was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department earlier this week and was arrested on Friday after being charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter and one count of third-degree murder. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz activated the National Guard on Thursday, sending 500 soldiers to the Minneapolis area, prompting Wallace’s comparison to the Vietnam protests.

“The only thing I can think of that even compares is 1968, the Vietnam War in full force, the Americans being killed and protesters being shot and killed in college campuses,” Wallace said.

“And then the Democratic convention in Chicago with the antiwar protesters and police hitting them in the streets, a lot of those protesters were breaking the law themselves and being very violent. Those were the times where you sort of wondered, ‘Is the center going to hold? Are we going to stay together as a society?'”

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William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt is a writer and editor from New Hampshire whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, Slate and Areo Magazine, among other places. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Boston University.