During his “virtual town hall” event, ex-President Obama defended protesters by making the point that “just remember this country was founded on protest.”
Obama’s closing thoughts: "This country was founded on protest. It is called the American Revolution. Every step of progress in this country, every expansion of freedom, every expression of our deepest ideals, has been won through efforts that made the status quo uncomfortable."
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) June 3, 2020
Just remember this country was founded on protest. It’s called the American Revolution, and every step of progress of this country. Every expansion of freedom, every expression of our deepest ideals has been won through efforts that has made the status quo uncomfortable.
Per TheHill, the town hall event is the first time Obama has made public remarks about the protests that have swept the nation in response to the death of Floyd, who died last week after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.