Dennis Rodman Calls Out Trump's 'MAGA' Slogan: 'Make America Safe for Minorities'

Dennis Rodman has urged President Donald Trump to make America safe for minorities in the wake of George Floyd's death.

"Make America safe for minorities," the five-time NBA champion tweeted on Thursday morning, quoting a tweet reading "Make America great again!" that Trump had sent earlier in the day.

Like Trump's campaign slogan, Rodman wrote his message in capital letters to ram home his message.


— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) June 4, 2020

Earlier this week, the former Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls star pleaded with demonstrators who have to taken to the streets to demand justice for Floyd to stop the looting and continue to protest peacefully instead.

"I think someone needs to come out and say, 'Hey, guys, Why are we looting? Why are we stealing? Why are we creating more issues, more problems?" Rodman, 59, said in an Instagram video.

"This is a bad, bad situation. But the fact that you're gonna protest, protest in the right way. You don't have to go and burn down things, steal things, burn things and stuff like that."

Floyd died while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25.

Footage showing a white policeman kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd cried he couldn't breathe has sparked massive protests across the U.S.

While the majority of protests have been largely peaceful, some have turned violent, with police cars set ablaze and shops looted across New York City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Oakland.

Earlier this week, dozens of U.S. cities imposed curfews in a bid to restore law and order and the National Guard announced 5,000 troops had been activated to deal with unrest and disturbances.

As of Thursday morning, over 10,000 protesters have been arrested and Trump has threatened to deploy the U.S. army to bring the protest under control.

Echoing the stance of Killer Mike—the Atlanta rapper who last week delivered a powerful TV statement calling for protesters not to vandalize the city but to take political actions—Rodman urged protesters to remain peaceful.

"We've got too many issues right now," he explained. "This is a bad one right now, but we can all come together and try to help each other get through this situation.

"Please, understand, we have to live together. We're human beings, we're not f****** animals. We're human beings."

In the aftermath of Floyd's death, Trump has come under intense criticism for his handling of the protests.

As demonstrations began last week, the President warned protesters that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts", before subsequently calling for state governors to forcefully crack down on protests.

On Monday, he was widely derided for walking across the road to the White House to be photographed outside St. John's Church holding a bible.

The President walked to the church only after police had used tear gas to disperse demonstrators, a stunt which was condemned by members of the clergy and Democrats alike.

"I don't like to see the country like this," former Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal said on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show on Tuesday night. "I wish we had somebody in the White House in a leadership position who would really do something.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich echoed O'Neal's thoughts during an appearance on The Ringer's Flying Coach podcast, which is co-hosted by Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

"Leadership and courage go hand-in-hand," Popovich said.

"We know we don't have that. We have a leader [Trump] whose main purpose in life is himself."

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Dennis Rodman speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Phillip Faraone/Getty