Day 1,320: As Biden condemns all violence, Trump actively endorses it as long it’s by his supporters
Protesters and agitators are mixing in various cities — Portland and Kenosha to name two — leading to violent and deadly confrontations.
As Americans across the country are protesting police brutality and racial biases in the justice system, predominately right-wing Donald Trump supporters are popping up, heavily armed, often with the sole intention of stirring up trouble.
In Portland, Oregon, a caravan of cars bearing Trump flags stormed into the city on Saturday — with Trump’s full-throated endorsement — firing paintballs and spraying substances indiscriminately. By night’s end, one man was fatally shot.
A few days early, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a Trump-supporting teenager shot three protesters, killing two. He was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.
Speaking about the violence on Monday, Joe Biden was firm in condemning all of it.
Trump, meanwhile, not only refused to disavow the violence on Monday, he gleefully supported the radical and deadly actions undertaken, as long as they were by his supporters. Yet to issue any statement condemning the shooting of Jacob Blake in the back, Trump defended the 17-year-old who has been charged with two counts of intentional homicide.
Biden’s campaign quickly spliced together clips showing Trump’s words and the reality do not line up at all.
Trump loves the violence. Needs the violence. Endorses the violence. Incites the violence. Sees it as one of his few paths toward reelection.
There are just over two months until Election Day. Unable to run on the issues — a pandemic response, an economy working for everyone, any semblance of normalcy over the past 3.5 years — Trump is content to stir up animus and nonsensically blame Biden for the violence and unrest that’s occurring on his watch.
1,320 days in, 142 to go