President Trump on Monday worked to associated Sen. Kamala Harris with the anarchists masquerading as protesters in major cities and pointed to a time that the former district attorney appealed to the public to bail out some of these offenders.
Fox News reported last week that Harris posted a message about the group on Twitter in June appealing to her followers to chip in “to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota,” the state where George Floyd died in police custody.
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The report said that Minnesota Freedom Fund pulled in about $35 million since Floyd’s death and helped bail out an individual charged with second-degree murder who is accused of stabbing a pal to death.
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Trump, who was visiting Minneapolis, told reporters that Harris “encouraged Americans to donate to the so-called Minnesota Freedom Fund.”
He explained that the fund helped bail out the rioters, looters, assaulters and anarchists.
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“And Biden’s staff did the same thing,” Trump said. “They donated a lot of their money to get them out of jail so that everyone was back out on the streets. Think of that. This is what is running for office.”
Joe Biden seems to be intent on avoiding the topic because, either way, his decision will alienate a portion of the Democrat base. Last month, he said that the U.S. needs to “hold those who violate the law accountable.”
“We should never let what’s done in a march for equal rights overcome what the reason for the march is,” he said. “And that’s what these folks are doing. And they should be arrested –found, arrested and tried.”
Despite the comment, at least 13 of his staffers posted on social media that they donated to the fund that Harris promoted on her own Twitter account. Andrew Bates, his campaign spokesman, told Reuters that Biden is opposed to cash bail as a “modern-day debtors prison.”
Reuters said it was unclear if the initiative was coordinated by the campaign.
Trump has been gaining ground on Biden in some polls, in particular in swing states. Although the president’s coronavirus response has been met with mixed reviews, it seems as though his campaign views the violence in cities as a clear way to differentiate his approach to governing from Biden’s.
Republicans have been warning the country that under a Biden presidency, the U.S. will essentially turn into Chicago because Democrats have sided with the looters.
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Monday that anyone who wants to know where Democrats stand on the violent protests need to listen to the comments of Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., who told MSNBC that “there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.”
“This is just the state of the Democrat Party,” Collins said. “Anybody wants to know what this election is about all they have to do is look to those comments.”