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Donald Trump launched a racially-charged tirade overnight against “crime infested” cities as the US president doubled down on his election strategy of sowing discord among Republican and Democrat voters.
“When is Slow Joe Biden going to criticize the Anarchists, Thugs & Agitators in ANTIFA? When is he going to suggest bringing up the National Guard in BADLY RUN & Crime Infested Democrat Cities & States?” Mr Trump tweeted late on Sunday, in reference to protests against police violence that have erupted in recent months in a number of US cities.
Just hours earlier, Portland mayor Ted Wheeler publicly blamed the US president for inciting violence across the country.
“Do you seriously wonder, Mr President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence? It’s you – who have created the hate and the division,” Mr Wheeler said.
A friend of the Portland shooting victim Aaron Danielson, known as Jay Bishop, said they were ‘hunted down’ after being recognised as Trump supporters.
In video that has emerged on Twitter after the Sunday night shooting, the eyewitness says Mr Bishop was executed in the street for believing something different than the shooter.
« They hunted him down, they hunted us down, they recognized our Patriot Prayer hats, » he said.
« They identified our hats, ‘we’ve got a couple of them right here, we’ve got a couple of them right here, pull it out, pull it out’… that’s what they said. We turned around, it didn’t even register that somebody was pointing a gun at us until shorts went off and he took off running. »
« It takes a second for you to process everything that happened. Did he just shoot at me? Ok, I’m ok. I turn over, and Jay’s dead. Because he believed something different than them. Jay’s not a racist, he’s not a xenophobe, or whatever label, he’s not an -ist or an -ism, he’s an independent man, he’s a good man, and he didn’t do anything to earn a bullet in the chest. »
The video was first uploaded by YouTube channel The Common Sense Conservative. Founder Robert R Zerfing said on Twitter that one of their members was filming about 10ft from the shooting, in which a person off camera can be heard yelling « we’ve got a couple right here » before the gunfire sounds.
Joe Biden will blame Donald Trump for the escalating violence in Democratic-run cities during a speech in Pittsburgh today, according to the Associated Press.
In a preview of the rare public appearance away from his Delaware basement, Biden will say that a second Trump term would lead to more violence in America’s streets.
« Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?, » Biden will say, according to a preview of the speech reported by AP.
« He may believe mouthing the words law and order makes him strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows you how weak he is. »
Biden will say that Trump has been multiplying the crises the country is currently facing, including Covid-19, economic « devastation », and police violence, white nationalists and a race reckoning.
« Declining faith in a bright American future. The common thread? An incumbent president who makes things worse, not better, » he plans to say.
John Oliver tells ‘America’s most laminated prince’ Jared Kushner to ‘get f*****’ over NBA protests response
John Oliver lambasted Jared Kushner’s response to the NBA protests, after the president’s son-in-law referred to the anti-racism action as « a night off from work ».
Kushner, a senior White House adviser, made the comments last week on CNBC, after NBA players boycotted the playoffs for three days following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
On Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the host played a clip of Kushner stating: « I think that the
NBA players are very fortunate that they have the financial position where they’re able to take a night off from work without having to have the consequences to themselves financially. So they have that luxury, which is great. »
Oliver reacted by addressing Kushner, telling him: « OK, first, get f*****, Jared, you Welcome to Marwen reject. » (Welcome to Marwen is a 2018 film starring Steve Carell in which much of the action is told through animated dolls.)
The presenter then pointed out that the NBA players were « not taking a night off from work », adding: « The emotional toll of being Black in America, combined with the pressure to perform at an elite level during a global pandemic is, I’m guessing, pretty taxing, so by not playing, they’re not exactly taking a spa day.
« And if NBA players are too rich to take meaningful action, who exactly is in the right tax bracket to have their protest approved by America’s most laminated prince? »
Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor Mandela Barnes said on Sunday the state does not need a visit from President Donald Trump, after his “incendiary remarks” on the racial protests in the city of Kenosha.
Mr Trump, who has taken a hard stance against racial protests in the country, will visit Kenosha on Tuesday, a White House spokesman said late on Saturday. Protests have erupted in the city after the shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man, who was shot by a white police officer.
“They centred an entire convention around creating more animosity and creating more division around what’s going on in Kenosha,” Mr Barnes said on CNN.
“So I don’t know how given any of the previous statements that the president made, that he intends to come here to be helpful, and we absolutely don’t need that right now,” he added.
The shooting of Mr Blake, in front of three of his children, turned the mostly white city of 100,000 people south of Milwaukee into the latest flashpoint in a summer of US-wide demonstrations against police brutality and racism.
Mr Barnes also asked Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to “step up to the mantle” and lay out a clear plan to address racial inequalities.
Tensions between far-right activists and Black Lives Matter demonstrators soared across the city of Portland, Oregon throughout the weekend, as one person died in a fatal shooting amid continued protests against racism and police brutality.
The shooting occurred on Sunday night after a caravan of President Donald Trump’s supporters drove their vehicles into the city’s downtown area and clashed with Black Lives Matter demonstrators. The demonstrators have been protesting for nearly 100 nights in Portland following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
It was not clear as of Monday morning whether the shooting was connected to clashes between demonstrators and the caravan, which was seen in videos shared to social media spraying Black Lives Matter activists with mace and driving through crowds with Trump flags flying on the back of their vehicles.
CNN’s Daniel Dale, probably the sharpest Trump fact-checker in US media, has provided more context for the racist video promoted by Donald Trump on Sunday evening.
Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter, has shared video recorded by her husband Jared Kushner, which shows Mr Kushner and Robert O’Brien, the White House national security adviser preparing to take part in the first ever commercial flight between Israel and the UAE.
The flight marked the implementation of the historic US-brokered deal to normalise relations between the two countries and solidifies the long-clandestine ties between them that have evolved over years of shared enmity toward Iran.
Donald Trump claims « radical left » mayors and governors have « lost control » of cities. Though most of this is simply hyperbolic and misleading instead of outright false, there are few mayors or governors in the country who would be considered on the far left of the Democratic Party.
Donald Trump has tweeted again, claiming wrongly that his poll ratings are above 50% in « some » surveys. There is no reputable poll in which the US president is above 50%.
Donald Trump has begun his Monday morning by tweeting about Kenosha and Portland, two US cities in Wisconsin and Oregon respectively which have seen protests and eruptions of violence in recents days and weeks.
Mr Trump claims there « would be no Kenosha right now » if not for the presence of National Guard troops, and he also once again goes after Portland mayor Ted Wheeler for the continued demonstrations there.
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