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Markey calls Trump 'scum' over comments on George Floyd protests

Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally MORE (D-Mass.) lashed out at President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE on Monday, calling him "scum" and accusing him of "fueling" racism and hatred in America amid protests over the death of George Floyd.

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The tweet is among some of the harshest criticism from lawmakers Trump has taken thus far regarding the protests surrounding the death of Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis while handcuffed. An officer, who was later fired and charged with murder, was seen on video of the arrest with his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes as Floyd pleads for help, saying he can't breathe.

Trump has tweeted in support of Floyd's family but otherwise spent much of the last few days urging a tougher response from state leaders against the demonstrations.

He took bipartisan heat last week for denouncing protesters as "thugs" and warning "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." 

On Monday, the president told governors they need to "dominate" activists and "take back" the streets.

Markey, who is up for reelection in November, is currently facing a primary challenge from Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyConor Lamb defeats Trump-backed challenger for reelection in Pennsylvania Van Drew fends off challenge from Kennedy after party switch Markey wins reelection in Massachusetts MORE (D-Mass.), a well-funded bid that outraised Markey's team in the last quarter of 2019.