Sunday shows - George Floyd's death, protests bump COVID-19 from headlines

The Sunday morning political shows were dominated by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the resulting protests, after months of attention on the coronavirus pandemic.

Sometimes-violent protests have erupted in cities across the nation since video surfaced of a Minneapolis police officer detaining Floyd by placing his knee on Floyd's neck as Floyd said he could not breathe.

Floyd died shortly after the incident. The officer was fired and has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Read The Hill's complete coverage below.

National security adviser blames 'a few bad apples,' says there's not systemic racism in law enforcement
By REBECCA KLAR
 
White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Sunday a “few bad apples” are to blame for issues of police brutality and denied that there is any systemic racism in U.S. law enforcement agencies. 

“I don’t think there is systemic racism. I think 99.9 percent of our law enforcement officers are great Americans,” O’Brien said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding that “many” are African American, Hispanic and Asian.
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Minnesota AG says black Minnesotans have reason to fear local police
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Minnesota Attorney General Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonRepublican lawmakers say Minnesota mask order violates state law against hiding identity Vermont has a chance to show how bipartisanship can tackle systemic racism Is Ilhan Omar one and done? Why she could lose the August primary MORE (D) said Sunday that black Minnesotans are justified in their fear of the local police as Minneapolis and other cities explode in unrest over the death of George Floyd.
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Omar says some protestors 'felt terrorized by the presence of tanks,' National Guard
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMatt Gaetz, Roger Stone back far-right activist Laura Loomer in congressional bid The Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges 'This already exists': Democrats seize on potential Trump executive order on preexisting conditions MORE (D-Minn.) said on Sunday that while some Minneapolis residents felt safer with National Guard troops on city streets after demonstrations over the police-involved death of George Floyd turned violent, others “felt terrorized by the presence of tanks” while protesting.
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Head of Minnesota police chiefs association: Police not trained in hold used on George Floyd
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
The executive director of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police said Sunday that the hold used on George Floyd in Minneapolis was contrary to police training.
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Booker: More than 'momentary outrage' needed after George Floyd's death
By REBECCA KLAR
 
Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenators ask for removal of tariffs on EU food, wine, spirits: report Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package MORE (D-N.J.) is calling for the protests over the death of George Floyd to lead to tangible, legislative change.
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Pelosi: Presidents should not 'fuel the flame'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill No signs of breakthrough for stalemated coronavirus talks Governors air frustrations with Trump on unemployment plans MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that U.S. presidents should not “fuel the flame” and instead focus on “unifying our country.”
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Tim Scott: Trump's 'shooting,' 'vicious dogs' tweets 'are not constructive'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottLobbyists see wins, losses in GOP coronavirus bill Revered civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis lies in state in the Capitol GOP plan would boost deduction for business meals MORE (R-S.C.), the sole African-American Republican in the upper chamber, said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE’s tweets threatening demonstrators and looters with “shooting” and “vicious dogs” amid protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis are “not constructive,” but said the president has been receptive to his advice in private.
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Republican governor says Trump sending opposite message of one that should come from White House
By REBECCA KLAR
 
Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) said President Trump’s response to the protests breaking out in response to George Floyd’s death is the opposite of the message the White House should be sending.
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Atlanta mayor says Trump should 'stop talking' about protests: 'This is like Charlottesville all over again'
By REBECCA KLAR 
 
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) said President Trump should stop commenting on the protests sweeping the nation in response to the death of George Floyd, arguing that the president is making the situation worse.
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O'Brien defends Trump tweets: The president 'wants to de-escalate violence'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
National security adviser Robert O’Brien on Sunday defended President Trump’s tweets labeling violent protesters as thugs and saying that looting leads to shooting amid demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, saying the president “wants to de-escalate violence.”
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Cornel West: 'We're witnessing the collapse of the legitimacy of leadership'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
“What we’re seeing here is the ways in which the vicious legacy of white supremacy manifests in organized hatred, greed and corruption,” Harvard Divinity School professor Cornel West said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We’re witnessing the collapse of the legitimacy of leadership, the political class, the economic class, the professional class, that’s the deeper crisis.”
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