Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on ‘Ellen’ June 4

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will be on the nationally syndicated “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” today to discuss race and the recent spate of protests after the George Floyd killing.

The show, which is pre-taped, airs in Atlanta on the NBC affiliate WXIA-TV (11Alive) at 4 p.m.

According to a press release, Bottoms will explain how she approaches her job “through the lens of being a mother and talks about the anxiety and disruption her four kids have faced amid both the pandemic and the protests. Mayor Bottoms tells Ellen about how she’s planning to create a framework with activists in Atlanta to work toward racial justice. The mayor also shares her thoughts on President Trump and how he’s worsening already tense relations in America.”

Bottoms’ star has risen nationally, first with her efforts to contain the novel coronavirus, then even more following her impassioned speech on May 29 regarding the protests. 

On the show, she said she felt so much emotion at the time she spoke at the press conference, she didn’t even remember what she said after the fact and had to watch it herself. 

“I’m grateful I was able to put into words and express what so many people were feeling and maybe even needed to hear,” Bottoms said. 
Her feelings about Donald Trump: “I have to give thought to him because he’s president. I wish in an ideal world, I didn’t. For every single second that I give energy to him is wasted energy. This president is a lost cause.”

She said the country is a tinderbox, and he is a match. 

“This is not a partisan issue. This is a people issue,” Bottoms said. “I wish he would stop.”

Here are clips below. 

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Rodney Ho
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