- Trump declared Tuesday that anti-police-brutality protesters are using cans of soup and tuna as weapons, particularly mentioning the brands Goya Foods and Bumble Bee Seafoods.
- Trump again touted his administration’s aggressive response to the protests in making his case to voters during his project rally in Moon Area, Pennsylvania.
- The president also praised violence versus journalists, leveled a racist attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar, and restated incorrect election fraud claims.
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President Donald Trump made an unusual claim Tuesday, without proof, that protesters against police brutality in Minnesota and Chicago tossed cans of “tuna fish and soup” at law enforcement officers.
At his project rally in Moon Town, Pennsylvania, Trump alleged that protesters in Minnesota and Chicago had actually wielded cans, specifically the brands Goya Foods and Bumble Bee Seafoods.
” They go out and purchase tuna fish and soup … they head out and purchase Goya since they toss it, they throw it, it’s the ideal weight. Tuna fish, they can truly rip it right, and that strikes you, it’s true. Bumble Bee brand tuna,” Trump stated.
The Portland Authorities Department tweeted a picture of projectiles apparently tossed by protesters, that included a can of garbanzo beans. According to Snopes, the Portland cops also said in a court filing that soup cans were thrown.
” Consume em. Do not toss em,” Bumble Bee tweeted Tuesday in action to the remarks. Goya did not respond to an ask for remark.
— Bumble Bee Seafoods (@BumbleBeeFoods) September 23, 2020
Trump likewise claimed that policeman in Chicago were “not permitted to fight back” however had to dodge the alleged cans.
A Chicago Cops Department instruction from February said officers “might only use force that is objectively sensible, required, and proportional, under the totality of the circumstances, in order to make sure the safety of a member or third person, stop an attack, make an arrest, manage a topic, or prevent escape.”
However, CPD officers were purchased in May to “no longer use force to distribute big events,” according to CBS Chicago, after facing criticism for using aggressive strategies versus anti-police-brutality protesters as presentations swept the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
In June, 56%of the 371 grievances submitted against CPD officers for their response to the protests declared extreme force, according to the department’s internal affairs and the city’s civilian-run cops accountability office, WTTW reported.
Under the Trump administration, federal law enforcement officers have likewise sometimes used aggressive and controversial strategies, such as releasing tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters in addition to utilizing unmarked vans to apprehend protesters without description
Trump has often used his rallies to make incorrect or misleading claims about protesters and the presentations– which have actually frequently been peaceful however sometimes have actually turned violent– and used the unrest to offer himself to citizens as the “law and order” candidate.
Pointing out Minneapolis authorities’ promise to make significant changes to the city’s authorities department, such as reallocating funding and tasks to other social service programs, Trump said: “that’s why I’m going to win the state of Minnesota.”
Throughout Tuesday’s rally, Trump likewise called violence versus reporters “a beautiful sight,” according to Vox reporter Aaron Rupar. Trump also made racially charged remarks about Rep. Ilhan Omar, criticizing the governance of Somalia, which Omar left as a refuge at age 8, ending up being an US resident in 2000, The Hill reported.