White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Sunday that President Trump‘s America is “serene”– less than 24 hours after an individual was shot and eliminated throughout a clash in between advocates of the president and Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Ore.
Meadows’ talk about Sunday also come days after his fellow Republicans pressed the message at their convention that electing Democratic governmental nominee Joe Biden would caused more violence and discontent. Democrats– and numerous commentators– noted that the violence was taking place throughout Trump’s tenure in the White Home.
The White House chief of personnel, however, said the unrest and violence was taking place in Democratic-led cities and states.
” These are people that every night, conduct violent acts, and it remains in Democrat cities,” Meadows said on NBC’s “Meet Journalism.” “The Majority Of Donald Trump’s America is tranquil.”
He added: “It is a Democrat-led city in Portland that we’re discussing this morning, who simply the other day denied aid once again from the federal government.”
Portland has actually been the website of nightly demonstrations for more than 3 months since George Floyd, an unarmed Black guy, died while Minneapolis tried to detain him. A lot of them end in vandalism and violence, and numerous demonstrators have actually been jailed by local and federal police considering that late May.
It wasn’t clear if Saturday’s shooting was linked to eliminate that broke out as a caravan of about 600 lorries was challenged by counter-demonstrators in the city’s downtown.
Authorities said the caravan had actually left the location around 8: 30 p.m., and officers heard gunshots at about 8: 46 p.m., according to a declaration. Officers reached the shooting scene “within a minute,” authorities said, however the man who was shot did not make it through.
But an Associated Press freelance photographer heard 3 gunshots and after that observed authorities medics working on the body of the victim, who appeared to be a white male. The freelancer said the male was wearing a hat bearing the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a conservative group whose members have frequently clashed with protesters in Portland in the past.
Republicans last week constantly pushed the story during the GOP convention that Trump was the only thing standing between the country and the discontent and violence gripping a number of cities across the nation.
” It took 244 years to construct this excellent country,” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem stated in a pre-recorded speech from the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. “However we stand to lose it in a small fraction of that time if we continue down the course taken by the Democrats and their radical fans.”
Noem included: “Democrat-run cities across this country are being overrun by violent mobs. The violence is widespread. There’s looting, turmoil, destruction, and murder.”
The GOP convention was held in the middle of the background of raving demonstrations in Kenosha Wisconsin in response to the authorities shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29- year-old Black man. Kenosha police have stated little about what took place besides that they were reacting to a domestic conflict, but state agents later recovered a knife from the chauffeur’s side floorboard of the vehicle.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.