President Trump took to Twitter Sunday early morning to weigh in on the civil unrest that left one person dead in Portland, Oregon, Saturday night and 2 dead in Kenosha, Wisconsin, previously in the week, with his surrogates arguing in television appearances that such violence is concentrated in blue cities and states and hence is not a product of “Donald Trump’s America.”
A pro-Trump caravan of trucks drove into downtown Portland on Saturday to encounter Black Lives Matter protesters there, leaving a single person, who was wearing the insignia of reactionary group Patriot Prayer, dead.
Trump cheered on a caravan of his supporters that rolled into Portland on Saturday as “FANTASTIC PATRIOTS,” even after video showed them driving into protesters, hurling tear gas and shooting them and a New York Times press reporter with paintballs.
Trump likewise urged Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, to accept federal assistance, declaring that the national guard is “Ready, Willing and Able,” and saying all that Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has to do is “call!” after Wheeler publicly rejected Trump’s assistance on Friday.
The death on Saturday night represented another escalation in political violence in between protesters of authorities violence and far-right protesters that has grasped cities throughout the country in recent days in the after-effects of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, with militias wading into devastating and violent demonstrations during the night following peaceful demonstrations during the day and conservatives trying to dispel the notion of “peaceful demonstrations” completely.
The White Home announced Saturday that Trump will go to Kenosha on Tuesday to “consult with police and study damage from the protests,” while Joe Biden has condemned the violence but has not made strategies to go to amid calls from some supporters for him to do so.
Trump and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows pushed the message that Democratic city and state mayors and governors are responsible for the violence.
” You want to discuss Donald Trump’s America, the majority of Donald Trump’s America is tranquil,” Meadows told Meet journalism Sunday, repeating that Portland is a “Democrat-led city,” and clarifying that Wheeler’s rejection of federal aid is the difference-maker.
Trump’s group also echoed remarks made by White House senior consultant Kellyanne Conway that “chaos and anarchy and vandalism and violence” benefit Trump politically, with Trump campaign advisor Lara Trump informing Fox that it paints “a very clear picture” and arguing that it has encouraged swing citizens to back Trump.
Asked on Saturday about Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17- year-old charged accused of eliminating 2 people throughout protests in Kenosha, Trump said “that’s under examination today and they’ll be reporting back to me over the next 24 hours, 48 hours maybe max, and we’ll have a discuss it. But we’re taking a look at it very extremely carefully.”
Democrats harshly slammed Trump for his tweets Sunday morning. “Donald Trump’s recent thread of tweets and retweets is promoting violence and chaos,” tweeted Connie Schultz, a reporter and better half of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).