Joe Biden is attending George Floyd's funeral - President Trump isn't invited by the family
The family lawyer of George Floyd has confirmed that Joe Biden will be attending his funeral in Houston, Texas.
The memorial service of Floyd, who was killed in police custody last week in Minneapolis, will be held on Saturday, the first of three official services honoring his memory. Al Sharpton will deliver the "national eulogy" while one of Floyd's attorneys, Ben Crump, will give a "national criminal justice address."
The actual funeral won't take place until June 9th, on Tuesday. Boxer Floyd Mayweather has already told the family he would take care of all the expenses.
The funeral is expected to be watched by millions. Joe Biden being in attendance at the request of the family, and President Trump not being invited is going to send a loud message to voters nationwide. Trump has previously said he wants justice for Floyd but has since denounced protests in his name calling for looters to be "shot." Protesters outside the White House were also tear-gassed in order to clear the way for Trump to walk across the street on Sunday for a photo-op.
It's unclear if Biden will also give a speech at one of the services, but it's likely. Biden gave a powerful speech in Floyd's name on Tuesday addressing the "systemic racism" that led to his death recalling his last moments: "I can't breathe. I can't breathe."
Biden promises to not "traffic in fear" like Trump.
"I won't traffic in fear and division. I won't fan the flames of hate. I'll seek to heal the racial wounds that have long plagued our country, not use them for political gain. I'll do my job and I'll take responsibility -- I won't blame others."