Joe Biden on Sunday condemned the surge of violence in Portland after one man died over the weekend amid clashes between far-left and far-right protesters — whereas blaming President Trump for “fanning the flames.”
“The lethal violence we noticed in a single day in Portland is unacceptable,” the previous vp and Democratic presidential nominee mentioned on his marketing campaign web site.
“Taking pictures within the streets of an incredible American metropolis is unacceptable. I condemn this violence unequivocally. I condemn violence of each sort by anybody, whether or not on the left or the best. And I problem Donald Trump to do the identical.”
“We should not change into a rustic at battle with ourselves,” he mentioned. “A rustic that accepts the killing of fellow People who don’t agree with you. A rustic that vows vengeance towards each other.”
“What does President Trump suppose will occur when he continues to insist on fanning the flames of hate and division in our society and utilizing the politics of worry to whip up his supporters? He’s recklessly encouraging violence.”
Biden’s assertion got here after Aaron Danielson, a member of the right-wing Patriot Prayer group, was shot and killed on the streets of the Oregon metropolis — which has seen nightly violent protests for greater than three months.
Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson initially recognized Danielson by his nickname, “Jay,” in a Fb put up responding to a GoFundMe assortment for the household of a Jay Bishop.
Patriot Prayer was a part of a convoy of Trump supporters who wheeled into Portland over the weekend to counter the continued Black Lives Matter protests.
Trump has been harshly important of state and metropolis leaders, and on Sunday slammed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler as “incompetent.”
“Wheeler is incompetent, very similar to Sleepy Joe Biden,” the president posted on Twitter. “This isn’t what our nice Nation needs. They need Security & Safety, and do NOT need to Defund our Police.”
Final week, an Illinois teenager was charged with the deaths of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, amid demonstrations over the police taking pictures of Jacob Blake within the metropolis.