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Trump presses order message as protest turns deadly

By Deborah Bloom (AFP)     Aug 31, 2020 in Politics President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden traded pre-election barbs Sunday as violent clashes continued to roil the US city of Portland following the fatal shooting of a protestor.While the US leader tried to characterize Biden as weak on crime, his opponent…

By Deborah Blossom (AFP)
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Aug 31, 2020 in Politics

President Donald Trump and his Democratic opposition Joe Biden traded pre-election barbs Sunday as violent clashes continued to roil the US city of Portland following the deadly shooting of a protestor.

While the US leader tried to characterize Biden as weak on crime, his challenger accused Trump of fanning the flames of violence in a polarized and tense country.

Saturday’s shooting throughout a pro-Trump rally in the Oregon city followed a week of country-wide protests– consisting of the cancellation of numerous sporting events– over the cops shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin of African American Jacob Blake.

The violence in Portland appeared during a rally involving hundreds of lorries “caravaning throughout downtown Portland,” cops stated. OregonLive reported “clashes” and “tense moments” between demonstrators and counter-protestors.

A Black Lives Matter protestor scuffles with attendees of a pro-Trump rally

A Black Lives Matter protestor scuffles with guests of a pro-Trump rally

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The Portland clashes followed discontent in Kenosha, where prosecutors implicated 17- year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of shooting dead two men and injuring another who were opposing against Blake’s shooting.

Trump is due to take a trip on Tuesday to the Midwestern city to satisfy law enforcement officials and view damage from discontent set off by Blake’s shooting last weekend.

– ‘Law and order’ –

Violence connected to anti-racism demonstrations has become a major issue in the project for November’s governmental election, with Trump presenting himself as the “law and order” choice and arguing that a Biden presidency would enable left-wing mob rule.

Trump supporters drive through downtown Portland during a rally in support of the president

Trump advocates drive through downtown Portland during a rally in assistance of the president

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” He is recklessly encouraging violence,” the Democratic candidate stated in a declaration.

Trump invested Sunday early morning tweeting and retweeting dozens of posts claiming to reveal violence in Democratic-run cities, and particularly Portland.

The president has actually consistently threatened to send out federal government forces into the west coast city if Mayor Ted Wheeler does not crack down.

US election 2020: Biden vs Trump

United States election 2020: Biden vs Trump

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” Wheeler is incompetent, much like Sleepy Joe Biden,” Trump tweeted.

Wheeler blasted Trump in a press conference Sunday, saying that for almost 4 years Americans have actually had to endure what the mayor called Trump’s racist attacks on blacks, sexist talk about females, insults towards immigrants and reporters, and now, towards mayors of significant US cities.

Wheeler stated the convoy that rode through Portland Saturday night was inspired by Trump.

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